World Bulletin / News Desk
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has taken control of two northern Syrian villages from ISIL, including one symbolically important to the extremist group.
According to FSA commanders, the villages of Dabiq and Soran were cleared as part of Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.
Dabiq, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo and around 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Syria’s border with Turkey, has a symbolic importance for ISIL, as the group believes it will be the site of an end-times battle with non-Muslims. Dabiq is also the name of one of ISIL’s online magazines.
Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency that the operation will continue.
Operation Euphrates Shield, which began on Aug. 24 backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, is aimed at bolstering border security, supporting coalition forces, and eliminating the threat posed by extrem organizations, especially ISIL.
Operation Euphrates Shield has driven ISIL from Turkey’s border with Syria as Turkish armor, artillery, special forces, and jets support FSA fighters.
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