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Anti-Kurdish protests in east Syria could endanger US plans


BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces took credit for defeating the Islamic State group in its last stronghold in eastern Syria, celebrating the victory in front of throngs of journalists at a ceremony in March following a bloody four-year war.

But the Kurdish-led force now faces protests by local Arab tribesmen demanding better services, jobs and a bigger role in decision-making in the predominantly Arab, oil-rich and fertile region.

Demonstrations in more than a dozen villages in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour are limited for now, but they present a growing challe...

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