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According to a UK-based monitoring group, Syrian militants wrested control of Dabiq with the help of Turkish forces. The so-called Syrian observatory for Human rights says Daesh terrorists fled the city close to the Turkish border. The city holds significant ideological importance for the Takfiri group. Turkey launched its incursion into northern Syria in August under the pretext of backing militants fighting Daesh.
The purpose and essence of the ideology of the Islamic state – is not so much conquer the whole world, as erroneously believed by many people, and preparation for the Day of Judgment and the end of the world. Islamists believe that the revival of the Caliphate – a necessary condition for the beginning of a huge (we have called it the world) war, in which the faithful will resist wrong and their henchmen from among the Muslims departed from the faith. The final battle is to be held in northern Syria near the village maloprimechatelnogo Dabik. This battle, in which the Muslims will win, will be the first sign of the approaching end of the world. Until then, the Caliphate, if present, is obliged to continually expand, because no other way – this is the “divine plan”. Therefore, even local lesions should not give anyone cause for illusions – the expansion and victory is inevitable, as the will of God.
Still, the mind and military considerations prevailed over religious prejudices and decided to command the Caliphate does not play too much in religious fanatazm, moving at night most of the troops from the operational area of the bag in Savran and Dabika. Escaping from encirclement troops moved towards Al-Baba, surrendering territory and has not had time to form boiler PAS and Turks. Thus, Dabik was handed almost without a fight and “win the approaching end of the world” Caliphate there is clearly not win. Not justified so to speak.
Turks and PAS now occupy abandoned the Caliphate territory and settlements west of Dabika.
After stripping the remaining of the appendix, is expected offensive on Al-Bab, after some training related to the regrouping of troops and air strikes retargeting.
Caliphate troops pulled out of the bag at the operational Dabika will be able for the remaining time to strengthen the defensive perimeter of Al-Bab, the battle for who will be the final of the Caliphate in northern Syria.
Turkish-backed fighters capture Dabiq a key ISIS stronghold in northern Syria
Fighters backed by Turkey have reportedly taken over the strategic ISIS stronghold of Dabiq in northern Syria after Islamic State jihadists surprisingly withdrew from the town. The significant progress is part of a wider military operation (dubbed Euphrates Shield) completely backed by Turkey to oust the terror group from large swaths along the borders with Syria, as well as to curb the recent advance made by the US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Located nearly 10 km from the southern borders of Turkey, Dabiq enjoys a symbolic significance for the ultraconservative jihadi group due to an ancient prophesy depicting Dabiq as an apocalyptic battleground between Islam and Christianity.
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Informed sources in Northern Syria disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is evacuating its fighters and their families from different regions to concentrate them in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa to strengthen its defense abilities there.
“Four buses and several other vehicles, carrying ISIL fighters and their family members, left Northern Aleppo heading towards the town of al-Mansoureh in the Western countryside of Raqqa,” the sources said.
Meantime, Kurdish sources disclosed on Saturday that the US Army deployed nearly 300 fresh forces in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey.
“120 US army soldiers have been deployed in North of Tal Abyadh. Also 60 other soldiers have been dispatched to a base near the village of Shabadeq close to a road towards the town of Salouk,” the sources said.
“The Shabadeq base is a camp to train the Kurdish fighters for war against the ISIL terrorists in the Eastern battlefields of Raqqa up to the Northern banks of the Euphrates River,” the sources added.
“In the meantime, over 100 US soldiers have entered Ein Issa via an illegally-established US army base in the village of Kharab Isq to coordinate Kurdish fighters’ operations and meanwhile guard the US political officials who have been dispatched to Syria to form a new coalition, allegedly for the capture of Raqqa,” the sources said.
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At night, a massive artillery preparation and numerous air strikes began a general offensive on Mosul. The battle promises to be one of the most ambitious in the history of the Iraq war. Against 8-11 thous. Militant Caliphate defending Mosul and surrounding villages will be thrown from 34 to 42 thousand. People and hundreds of different pieces of equipment (tanks, armored combat vehicles, carts), more than 130 guns and several dozen aircraft and attack drones. Among the participants of the offensive – the army and the Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Shiite militia in Iraq, as well as US troops, France and Turkey. In addition to the air attack aircraft will support other countries in the American coalition. The obvious problem – until the end of the autumn release of Mosul, dealing a heavy blow to the state structure of the Caliphate. With a favorable course of the battle, the United States will try to combine the capture of Mosul with the elections, but if the militants will abut as they did in Ramadi, Fallujah and manbij, the storming of the city is likely to take 2-3 months, if not more. US certainly interested in that over the capture of the city were hoisted flags of the United States, Iraq and the Peshmerga. Turkish flags and pro-Iranian groups are undesirable. So that the storm will be followed by something like a race between its participants, as no one will get the laurels against “the winner of the Caliphate.” Naturally assault not avoid comparisons with what is happening in Aleppo, as the storms of Mosul and Aleppo will go at the same time.
The attack will be developed on three sides. From the north and east to compress the ring around Mosul is “Peshmerga”. From the South will attack the Iraqi army, supported by the pro-Iranian groups, as well as the American coalition. From the northwest to act Turks.
In the first step the United States and Co. try to disrupt logistics militants in Mosul, hitting on the key routes of supply, bridges and engineering militants in order to hinder the message to the rest of Mosul in Iraq of the Caliphate.
In the future, will be a blow to the reference points of the Caliphate and warehouses identified in order to ensure the nomination of forces storming to the outskirts of the city. For several days dropped leaflets promising residents a speedy release for this purpose over the city and the positions of the Caliphate. In the framework of the plan announced by the Pentagon in January 2016 http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/257 8936.html , the United States and Co. try to cause an uprising in Mosul, to facilitate the assault on the town. After the capture of the city, it is planned to collect 12,000 police to fight terrorist underground, and the consequences of the Caliphate rule.
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Local sources in Nineveh province disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group has brought to a halt all activities of its security offices in the city of Mosul.
“The ISIL has recently issued a circular in Mosul city according to which all its offices will halt operation until further notice,” a local source said.
The source noted that the ISIL has already evacuated its security offices in several districts of Mosul in recent days, while many ISIL members seem confused.
Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that the Iraqi army troops had been deployed 15 kilometers from Mosul city and the country’s volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) were waiting for announcement of the zero hour to attack ISIL’s military positions.
“The reconnaissance operation in Mosul ended; we are waiting for the operations to kick off,” Hashd al-Shaabi announced in a statement.
The Iraqi volunteer forces also reiterated their full preparedness to start Mosul liberation operations.
On Saturday, a source from the Iraqi volunteer forces disclosed that the operations to liberate Mosul would start in coming days.
“Everything has been prepared for starting the military operations in Mosul, only the zero hour to kick off the attack on ISIL’s military positions in the city is yet to be announced,” the volunteer forces source said.
The source reiterated that Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has approved the volunteer forces’ participation in the Mosul operation.
The Iraqi media had earlier reported that the Mosul operations will start from several directions, the most important of which are al-Qayyara axis located 60 kilometers to the South of Mosul and Sahl Nineveh located 20 kilometers to the East of Mosul.
Several Iraqi army units have been stationed in the Northern part of Mosul over past two days.
Earlier on Saturday, a senior commander of the Iraqi popular forces stressed his forces resolve to block the escape path of ISIL terrorists from Mosul to Syria.
“Our forces will not allow the ISIL militants to flee to Syria and we have gathered precise intelligence about the enemy before starting the Mosul liberation operation,” Ahmad al-Assadi, also the spokesman of the popular forces and an Iraqi legislator, said in a statement.
He also rejected media reports on the Iraqi army’s agreement with the ISIL to leave Mosul, and said, “There is no deal and the ISIL militants in Nineveh will by crushed in the Mosul battle.”
His remarks came as reports said that the US is hindering Iraq’s operations in Mosul to provide the ISIL terrorists with an opportunity to flee to Raqqa in Syria.
An Iraqi Kurdish media official said early this month that ISIL’s top commanders, including its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, have started fleeing Mosul for Syria, adding that as the terrorist group’s leader has ordered militants to destroy the city if defeated and forced to withdraw.
“The ISIL commanders, including al-Baghdadi, are escaping Mosul to Syria,” Iraqi Kurdistan Democrat Party’s media director Saeed Mamouziti said.
He said that al-Baghdadi has also ordered his followers to completely destroy Mosul if they are defeated in the war against Iraq’s joint military forces.
Later Mamouziti said that the ISIL militants are fleeing the city since a long-awaited large-scale operation aimed at freeing the second largest city in the country is expected to be launched in the coming days.