Syria rebels capture IS stronghold of Dabiq, end myth of Daesh great battle against West

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Rebel fighters advanced on Dabiq on Saturday
Rebel fighters advanced on Dabiq on Saturday

Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from ISIS Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, also took neighboring Soran, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the clashes on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“The Daesh myth of their great battle in Dabiq is finished,” he told Reuters, using a pejorative name for ISIS.

An Islamic prophesy names Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday, a message used extensively in Islamic State’s propaganda. The group also named a publication after the northwest village.

However, the jihadist group has appeared to back away from Dabiq’s symbolism more recently after advances by Turkey-backed rebels put the village at risk of capture, saying this battle was not the one described in the prophesy.

“It seems like Daesh has mostly left the area,” said a Turkish military source, but warning that the FSA groups still needed to clear landmines from the village.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, had said Islamic State brought 1,200 fighters to defend Dabiq.

map-dabiq-syriaTurkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation, bringing rebels backed by its own armor and air force into action against ISIS, in August, aiming to clear the group from its border and stop Kurdish fighters gaining ground in that area.

ISIS is also facing an expected offensive soon against its most important Iraqi possession, the city of Mosul, while the U.S.-backed, Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces also threaten to advance on its Syrian capital of Raqqa.

NBC/REUTERS

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12 responses to “Syria rebels capture IS stronghold of Dabiq, end myth of Daesh great battle against West”

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Medias (including this site) are not publishing Wikileaks.
      “CNN says it’s “illegal” to look at Wikileaks emails, but says the media is above the law”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-beYBLrkNAg

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        You wouldn’t mind telling anyone what day this was aired?

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Published on Oct 16, 2016

          1. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Aired, not published.

  1. Rudy1947 Avatar

    I guess Daesh will have wait for their epic battle. Sure hope that battle is their total demise.

    1. Will this do for the meantime?

      It must suck being a foot solider. Watch vid.
      http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=648_1476637419

      Notice, in the video, the guy in the end beating a dead guy with what looks to be a pillow? wtf.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Putting out the fire ….
        But used a TOW on a bunch of guys with a mortar? Must have a lot of them …

        1. Rudy1947 Avatar

          Taking out ten soldiers rather than four and a “tankish” vehicle is a good military decision.

        2. “Putting out the fire ….”
          I don’t think he will be getting up.
          Seems like a waste of AT weapon with many survivors from a direct hit. They need to develop a anti-personal warhead.

  2. So the Syria rebels take control of these towns, but they are still at war with Assad. Now Turkey and Russia are working on better ties, what happens when SAA, or The Party of Iran, meet the Syria rebels? Most likely they will fight, but will Russia bomb the Syria rebels for Assad and sacrifice new Turkish relationship? I am guessing, but I feel there are deals going on to carve up Syria.
    This is one fvcked up war. When all your friends are friends with your enemy.

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