World Bulletin / News Desk
Opposition in Syria are edging closer to the key northern town of Dabiq held by the ISIL group, pushing the extremists out of more than a dozen villages, a monitor said Tuesday.
The opposition forces are now within 10 kilometres (six miles) of Dabiq, a town of significant symbolic importance to the extremists, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Since mid-March, opposition fighters have seized control of a wide border area spanning 15 kilometres (10 miles)," said Abdel Rahman, whose Britain-based group relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.
The opposition groups, including Faylaq al-Sham and the Sultan Murad Brigades, have seized 14 villages since mid-March, he said, adding that Turkish artillery fire on ISIL positions had bolstered the offensive.
Dabiq, a town in Syria's Aleppo province captured by ISIL in August 2014, is of crucial ideological importance to the group.
The town, which according to a Sunni Muslim prophecy will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslim fighters, has become a byword and rallying cry for ISIL.
The group has named its English-language online magazine "Dabiq" after the town.Last Mod: 05 Nisan 2016, 16:05