Fighters backed by Turkey have reportedly taken over the strategic ISIS stronghold of Dabiq in northern Syria after Islamic State jihadists surprisingly withdrew from the town.

The significant progress is part of a wider military operation (dubbed Euphrates Shield) completely backed by Turkey to oust the terror group from large swaths along the borders with Syria, as well as to curb the recent advance made by the US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Located nearly 10 km from the southern borders of Turkey, Dabiq enjoys a symbolic significance for the ultraconservative jihadi group due to an ancient prophesy depicting Dabiq as an apocalyptic battleground between Islam and Christianity.

It also served as an iconic aspect of ISIS glossy propaganda as the organizations’ fist magazine.

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Daeshbags Sux
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“ISIS media wing, Aamaq Agency, allegedly published a statement claiming that the apocalyptic battle of Dabiq has been delayed until further notice due to what it called ‘unforeseen circumstances’.”
ROFL!

Am I the only one to be surprised the daeshbags will fight anybody but the turks and their proxies?

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Is it really that surprising? I think most know that Euphrates Shield was really just a cover to kill Kurds, forcing the SDF to redeploy forces away from their fronts with ISIS. The Turks pretend to kill ISIS, yet never seem to recover any bodies despite blitzkrieg into ISIS held territories. When the SDF/Kurds, an experienced, disciplined and courageous military force, fight ISIS with US aircover, it’s a hard, slow slog with high casualties on both sides. Yet when the ragtag motley crew of FSA and al halfQaeda advance with Turkish aircover, huge swathes of ISIS held territory is taken… Read more »