According to FSA commanders, the villages of Dabiq and Soran were cleared as part of Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, Anadolu reported.
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 Daesh, 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 Daesh’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 terror organizations, especially Daesh.
Operation Euphrates Shield has driven Daesh from Turkey’s border with Syria as Turkish armor, artillery, special forces, and jets support FSA fighters.