BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:19 A.M.) – It appears that an Arab tribal uprising against US-backed forces has been taking place in the Syrian province of Raqqa since Sunday afternoon according to vague but nonetheless emerging reports from opposition sources.
Reports indicate that men from the Al-Bukhamiss tribe have taken up arms in the Euphrates town of Al-Mansura (about 24 kilometers southwest of Raqqa city) to drive out American-backed Kurdish forces from the town.
Other reported actions by Al-Bukhamiss tribal fighters apparently includes burning tires and capturing checkpoints leading into the town and controlling roads throughout it.
The entire incident appears to be due to (again, according to opposition sources) Kurdish fighters arresting the head of the Al-Bukhamiss tribe – when exactly this happened is still unclear.
Updates to follow.