Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

They have seen their people slaughtered, their communities terrorised and dispossessed and their ancestral lands laid to waste. Now, some of the most influential tribal leaders in Syria have come together to try to end the savage civil war that has afflicted their country.

They have formed a new tribal coalition and, The Independent can reveal, held secret talks in Geneva with the UN’s special envoy for Syria and the US General who is Barack Obama’s representative to the rebels fighting against the Assad regime.

The tribal chiefs have also met ministers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, key financial and military backers of the opposition, and are soon to meet King Abdullah of Jordan.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Tribal coalitions do not last.

    • mobuyus

      If you can up daughters to clan elders it might.

  • mobuyus

    It all sounded good until they dragged obamas name into it.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      They don’t trust Obama any more than we do.

  • ntt1

    this will last about 10 minutes or until the first hostilities then all their gear goes to ISIS.