A view shows an office that was used by Islamic State militants in Turkman Bareh village, after rebel fighters advanced in the area, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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The northern Syrian town of Dabiq, which Turkish-backed rebels seized from Daesh (ISIS) Sunday, has major symbolic importance for the militants.According to a Sunni prophecy, the town will be the site of an apocalyptic battle between Muslim and Christian armies.The Dabiq prophecy, mentioned in canonical sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, is told in several different versions, but all feature a great battle between a Muslim army and the forces of "Rome," a reference to the Christian West.In August, Turkey launched an unprecedented operation inside Syria to fight Daesh, 500 years to the day after Selim's forces beat the Mamluks.Earlier this week, Daesh downplayed the importance of the rebel advance on the town.
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