Syrian rebels seize 'doomsday' village where Islamic State promised final battle

October 16, 2016 12:09 PM

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Syrian rebels seize 'doomsday' village where Islamic State promised final battle

BEIRUT Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

Its defeat at Dabiq, long a mainstay of Islamic State's propaganda, underscores the group's declining fortunes this year as it suffered battlefield defeats in Syria and Iraq and lost a string of senior leaders in targeted air strikes.

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