The US-led coalition is supporting an offensive by Turkey-backed rebels with the aim of seizing the town of Dabiq. Dabiq is heavily defended by the Islamic State (ISIS), owing to its importance in Muslim eschatology.
Coalition envoy Brett McGurk said on Sunday: “The coalition is actively supporting [Turkey-backed] Syrian opposition forces as they advance to within a few kilometers of [ISIS’] weakening stronghold Dabiq.”
Dabiq is mentioned in an Islamic Hadith about the end of the world. Consequently, the Islamic State’s online magazine is named after the town.
ISIS believes that Dabiq is where Muslim and infidel forces will eventually face each other. According to the Hadith, after the infidel forces’ defeat, the apocalypse will begin.
On August 24, Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield Operation with the goal of preventing the Syrian Kurds from uniting their canton administrations.
This led to clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkey-backed rebels.
At the same time, both the SDF and Turkey-backed rebels are advancing in the direction of al-Bab City, another ISIS stronghold.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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