According to Abu Hurayrah, a companion of Muhammad, the Hadith (journals that record the saying and doings of Prophet Muhammad) says that “the Last Hour would not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina.”
And lo and behold! Dabiq, which happens to be a jihadi stronghold, has been encircled by US marines and Syrian rebels for almost two weeks.
The town of Dabiq, which is around 25 miles north of Aleppo and has a population of less than 3,500 people, looks like an unimpressive site for a battle. But Turkey has already stretched out their mighty hands in ousting ISIS from the town and neighboring areas. Progress, however, seems to have stalled as claims of rebel groups just hours away from claiming the town have begun doing the rounds.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday that moves by Ankara and Washington were “in preparation of attack the town of Dabiq or to force the organisation to withdraw”, the UK Express reported.
Dozens of ISIS fighters have been reported being killed in an attempt to enter the rebel-controlled villages of Akhtarin and Turkmen Bareh, just two miles east of Dabiq. Turkmen Bareh was only recaptured from the jihadi outfit last week, said the Turkish army in a statement.
Dabiq is central to the highly sophisticated propaganda operation of the extremist group Islamic State (IS). The group’s official magazine even carries its name. At Dabiq, IS claims, the ultimate battle between Christians and Muslims will be fought. That last claim is less than half-right. A coalition of U.S. Special Forces and air support (nominally Christian), supporting Turkish forces, and Syrian rebels (both Muslim) is now advancing on the town, reported Radio Liberty.
“If matters proceed as planned, within 48 hours we will be in Dabiq,” Ahmed Osman, commander of the Sultan Murad Free Syrian Army (FSA) group, told Reuters.
As reported by BBC, the Syrian government and Russian warplanes carried out more air strikes, on Monday, on the nearby city of Aleppo, as troops continued an all-out assault on besieged rebel-held areas.
The International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations and the Syrian Observatory also reported that air strikes on Sunday had damaged and put out of service a key hospital in a part of Hama province controlled by the rebels, as said in a BBC report.