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Turkish-backed rebel fighters capture northern Syrian town from Islamic State

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Turkish-backed rebel fighters capture northern Syrian town from Islamic State

Turkish-backed rebel fighters have captured the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the so-called Islamic State group, a monitoring group and rebels said.

Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims.

The town itself has negligible military value compared with the strategic IS-controlled cities of Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels backed by Turkish warplanes and artillery "captured Dabiq after IS members withdrew from the area".

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the fighters also captured the nearby town of Sawran.

London will today host talks with Western powers to consider "all options" for ending the bloodshed in Syria after fresh discussions between the United States and Russia ended without a solution.