BEIRUT Turkey-backed Syrian rebels began an attack on the Islamic State-held village of Dabiq in northwestern Syria on Saturday, a rebel commander involved in the campaign and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Dabiq is symbolically important to the jihadist group because it is the site of an apocalyptic Islamic prophesy, and Islamic State has stationed around 1,200 of its fighters there said the Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor.
(Reporting By Tom Perry and Angus McDowall Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
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Updated Date: Oct 15, 2016 16:00:08 IST