Although a small village at the foot of a small hill on Syria's northern plains about 9 miles from the Turkish border, Dabiq
After fleeing Dabiq, the militant group is scrambling to explain why the world isn't ending.
But for ISIS, Dabiq has epic importance. It's spun an impressive mythology about the place, billing it as the site of a future decisive battle against the "Crusaders." Before the war around 3,000 people lived there, but given the years of conflict it's thought that few civilians still remain.
Though ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deaths of over 1,200 people in attacks in 21 countries outside of Iraq and Syria, larger terrorist organizations have arranged only a fraction of incidents labeled as ISIS attacks.
ISIS has engaged in takedowns before, often through proxies, and on informal channels like Twitter. Rarely, however, has ISIS used its own formal platform to so systematically insult Western clerics. The move speaks to its growing anxiety over recent battlefield setbacks.
The same thing had happened a week earlier when Iraqi troops fled their positions defending a newly established U.S. Marines
The Islamic State publishes an attractive, glossy periodical that happens to be full of hatred and lies.