Turk­ish-backed Syr­ian rebel forces cap­ture Dabiq from IS

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - WEATHER -

Turk­ish-backed Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces cap­tured the sym­bol­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant town of Dabiq from the Is­lamic State group on Sun­day as gov­ern­ment forces re­versed re­cent rebel ad­vances in the cen­ter of the coun­try.

Though only a small town of mar­ginal strate­gic im­por­tance in north­ern Syria, Dabiq has fig­ured cen­trally in IS pro­pa­ganda. Cit­ing Is­lamic lore, the ex­trem­ist group claims it will be the stage for an apoc­a­lyp­tic bat­tle be­tween Cru­saders and an army of the Mus­lim caliphate that will herald dooms­day.

But Is­lamic State fight­ers put up “min­i­mal” re­sis­tance in de­fend­ing Dabiq, ac­cord­ing to a com­man­der of the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion Hamza Bri­gade, be­fore they with­drew south to al-Bab, which re­mains un­der IS con­trol.

Saif Abu Bakr said some 2,000 op­po­si­tion fight­ers pushed into Dabiq with tank and ar­tillery sup­port from the Turk­ish army.

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