Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the symbolically important northern Syrian town of Dabiq from Islamic State militants, as the U.S. and its European allies meet in London to discuss how the bring a halt to the Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year.
Dabiq, 10 kilometers from the Turkish border, is cited in apocalyptic Sunni prophecy as the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims. Islamic State named its online magazine after the town in 2014. Every new edition of Dabiq opens with a quote by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mentor of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claiming, “The spark has been ignited in Iraq, and its flames will grow until they burn the Crusader armies in Dabiq.”
SOURCE: VOA News Online