Turkish-Backed Syrian Opposition Captures Dabiq From IS

BEIRUT (AP) -
A rebel fighter takes away a flag that belonged to Islamic State militants in Akhtarin village, after rebel fighters advanced in the area, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
A rebel fighter takes away a flag that belonged to Islamic State militants in Akhtarin village, after rebel fighters advanced in the area, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, Oct. 7. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Syrian opposition fighters backed by Turkey say they have captured the town of Dabiq, which holds symbolic significance, from the Islamic State terror group.

A commander of the Syrian opposition Hamza Brigade says Islamic State terrorists put up “minimal” resistance to defend the town Sunday morning.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says the terror group withdrew from the town.

Islamic State propaganda had boasted of the fight for the northern Syrian town, citing Islamic lore that the town would be the scene of a major battle between crusaders and army of the Muslim caliphate.