IS “ousted from symbolic town of Dabiq”
Turkish-backed rebels have captured the symbolically important Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State group, rebel commanders and monitors say.
Dabiq was under “full control” of Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
The small northern town holds great value for IS because of a prophecy of an apocalyptic battle, and features heavily in its propaganda.
The advance on Dabiq is part of a wider offensive by Syrian rebel groups.
Ahmed Osman, the commander of the Sultan Murad rebel group, told Reuters news agency that the group had also recaptured the neighbouring village of Soran.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 1,200 IS fighters had been brought in to defend Dabiq.
A commander of one rebel group, the Hamza Brigade, told the Associated Press that resistance from IS was “minimal”.
Saif Abu Bakr said IS withdrew towards the larger town of Al-Bab to the south.
He said about 2,000 rebel fighters were involved in the offensive.
They were supported by Turkish tanks and artillery, and airstrikes from international coalition warplanes.
very symbolic for the black flag wavers..dabiq was to be the the scene for the final armageddon battle according to “them”..but now they have lost it so the narrative has changed..this isnt the real final battle now they say..as you would..