Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have reportedly taken over the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from Islamic State (Isis) on Sunday (16 October). The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, “Rebels captured Dabiq after IS [Daesh] members withdrew from the area”.
The monitoring group’s head Rami Abdel Rahman said that the rebels seized control of nearby Sawran town. Dabiq is around 10km (six miles) from the border with Turkey.
The town of Dabiq is of great importance to the jihadist group because of a Sunni prophecy which states that it will be the place of an end-of-times battle between the West and Islam.