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Islamic militants crush attempt by tribe to push them out of their villages in east Syria

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    This image posted by the Raqqa Media Center shows fighters from the Islamic State group on top of a military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria, Thursday, Aug 7, 2014. The Islamic State militants seized the Brigade 93 base overnight after days of heavy fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Raqqa Media Center, an activist collective. The base lies some 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the provincial capital of Raqqa, a stronghold for the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. Activists have reported two cases of stoning this month in the Syrian northern province of Raqqa. The first case of stoning occurred in the town of Tabqa. A day after the July 17, 2014, stoning of Shamseh Mohammed Abdullah, 26, Faddah al-Sayed Ahmad was stoned to death in the provincial capital of Raqqa. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File) (The Associated Press)

Activists say Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria following days of clashes.

The armed revolt by the Shueitat tribe in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour was the first sign of local resistance to the Islamic State group since its fighters swept into the province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Turkey-based activist Thaer ak-Deiri said Monday that Islamic State group fighters regained control of three villages of the Shueitat tribe.

Fighting between the two sides erupted July 30 and for a time the tribesmen managed to evict the Islamic State group fighters from their villages.

The extremist group has taken over much of northern and eastern Syria as well as western and northern Iraq.