BEIRUT — The tiny Syrian village of Dabiq was to have been the site of an apocalyptic showdown between Christian and Muslim armies, an Islamic version of the battle of Armageddon that would herald the end of the world, according to ancient prophesies embraced and trumpeted by the Islamic State.
Instead of waging an epic battle, however, the last Islamic State fighters defending Dabiq fled without a fight on Sunday in the face of an advance by a small force of Free Syrian Army rebels, backed by Turkey and by U.S. airstrikes.
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