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Turkish-backed rebels 3km from strategic Dabiq, northern Syria

By Rudaw 2/10/2016
Free Syrian Army fighters in northern Syria in September. Photo: Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Free Syrian Army fighters in northern Syria in September. Photo: Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkish-backed rebel groups in northern Syria have come within 3 kilometres of the strategic Dabiq town, according to reports. 

“Rebels backed by Turkish forces and airstrikes were able to reach Turkman Bareh town and take control of the town,” reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday. 

Turkman Bareh is 11 kilometres southwest of the border town of al-Rai, and just a few kilometres east of Dabiq. 

Dabiq is a small northern Syrian village that is a theological heartland for Islamic State (ISIS). According to one reading of ISIS doctrine, the final battle between good and evil will take place here. US special forces were reportedly headed towards Dabiq in mid-September.

 

The US-led coalition has confirmed it is supporting the offensive for Dabiq. US special envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, tweeted on Sunday that they are "actively supporting" the operation. 

 


The Observatory noted that ISIS had reinforced its forces in Dabiq, sending an additional 800 militants there in April.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Sunday that Turkish jets had bombed seven targets in northern Syria, including in Turkman Bareh, killing four ISIS militants.

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Not | 3/10/2016
They are not Turkish backed rebels. They are Isis in disguise. Turkey, that means Erdogan, are supporter of Isis. Pure and simple.
FAUthman | 3/10/2016
More important than Dabiq is what may be happening just south of Nubl-Zahra. The opposition forces from the south are about to link up with the Turkey backed opposition forces (mostly FSA) moving down from the north. When they link up, and they are only about 20 km apart, that would be a major development and not to Assad's favor and could change the outcome of this war. Look it up on the ISAW map on this link: http://iswresearch.blogspot.com/
kurd | 3/10/2016
Even God, let alone putin or ayatolah, cannot save Assad.
usarmy123 | 3/10/2016
The Syria rebels are backed by Turkey and Obama and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Adam Neira | 3/10/2016
And the Mahdi or J.C. are nowhere to be seen ! So much for ISIL's Hadith and the Book of Revelations... : (
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