Turkish-Backed Syrian Opposition Captures Dabiq From IS

As ISIS awaits one major assault in Mosul, Iraq, the self-declared caliphate has lost its control of a symbolic stronghold in north Syria.Dabiq, which lies a few miles from the Turkish border, is the site of a prophesied battle between Muslims and non-believers that is supposed to take place at the end of the world, and has featured often in Isis propaganda. State TV said Syrian troops blew up a tunnel near Aleppo’s famous Citadel, killing dozens of opposition fighters.The monitoring group’s head Rami Abdel Rahman said that the rebels seized control of nearby Sawran town. It said nine FSA soldiers were killed and 28 others wounded during clashes on Saturday.The importance of this village could be assessed by the fact that the ISIS calls its slick, well edited and designed mouthpiece magazine ‘Dabiq’.Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in cooperation with the FSA on August 24 to clear its southern border of Daish terrorists and liberate northern Syrian towns from the terrorist group, while preventing PKK’s Syrian wing PYD / YPG to replace Daish in these areas.Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on August 24 backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by terror organizations, especially Daesh.Kerry was seeking a new path to peace after failing to secure a ceasefire in direct talks with Russia amid mounting global outrage over the Russian and Syrian bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.AFP’s correspondent in Aleppo said there had been almost non-stop air raids on the opposition-held half of the city since midnight. A related area, Amaq, is also mentioned, and these two areas serve as the names for Daesh’s media products and news agencies.Since a brief truce collapsed last month, Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes have intensified their bombardment of rebel-held areas in Aleppo.Kerry flew to London on Sunday to brief Washington’s European allies after “brainstorming” talks in Lausanne with the main players in Syria’s conflict.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes the crowd of supporters in his hometown of Rize, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.Kerry is expected to meet on Sunday with his counterparts from Britain and France, but hopes for a breakthrough have been dim.

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