Turkish-backed rebels have captured the symbolically essential Syrian city of Dabiq from the Islamic State group, insurgent commanders and displays say.
Dabiq was below “full management” of Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated.
The small northern city holds nice worth for IS due to a prophecy of an apocalyptic battle, and options closely in its propaganda.
The advance on Dabiq is a part of a wider offensive by Syrian insurgent teams.
Ahmed Osman, the commander of the Sultan Murad insurgent group, informed Reuters information company that the group had additionally recaptured the neighbouring village of Soran.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated 1,200 IS fighters had been introduced in to defend Dabiq.
In different Syria developments:
- At a gathering of international ministers in London, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated new sanctions were being considered towards Russia and Syria due to their actions within the metropolis of Aleppo
- There are experiences of at the very least one particular person lifeless and dozens injured in an explosion on the sting of the makeshift Rukban camp, the place some 75,000 Syrian refugees are trapped on their nation’s border with Jordan
Evaluation: Sebastian Usher, BBC Arab affairs editor
The battle for Dabiq has been constructing for weeks – with one village after one other being seized from IS by insurgent fighters backed by Turkish airstrikes.
In the long run, it appears to have fallen swiftly after the announcement of the ultimate assault on Saturday.
Strategically, it is not a significant prize. However IS has embraced it as an emblem of its apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of all-out confrontation with its enemies.
The city is known as in a single Hadith – or saying by the Prophet Mohammed – as the location of the climactic battle between Muslims and non-Muslims earlier than the top of the world. The group named its on-line journal after it, however has downplayed its significance not too long ago, saying this battle will not be the epic that was prophesied.
A commander of 1 insurgent group, the Hamza Brigade, informed the Related Press that resistance from IS was “minimal”.
Saif Abu Bakr stated IS withdrew in the direction of the bigger city of Al-Bab to the south.
He stated about 2,000 insurgent fighters have been concerned within the offensive.
They have been supported by Turkish tanks and artillery, and airstrikes from worldwide coalition warplanes.
Dabiq is simply 10km (six miles) from the border with Turkey.
In August, Turkey launched an offensive to clear the border area of militants, which means each IS and Kurdish rebels combating IS.
In September, the Turkish prime minister said the 91km borderline was “entirely secured” and “all of the terrorist organisations have been pushed again”.
A conflict that began with an rebellion towards President Bashar al-Assad has now break up Syria into many elements. It has been occurring for greater than 5 years and has claimed 300,000 lives.