The ISIS, one if the world’s most dreaded terror outfit believes that the end of the world is near. The organisation’s fanatical fighters believe that a great battle in a field outside the town of Dabiq will signal Armageddon.
The organisation says that the Prophet Mohammed told his followers hundreds of years ago that “the last hour will not come” until an Islamic army vanquished “the Romans” there.
Followers of ISIS take the US or the Western countries to be the modern version of the Roman Empire. Now that the US special forces are nearing Dabiq, a town just north of Aleppo, they believe that the prophecy is about to come true.
The 1,300 year old Sunni Muslim story goes that Prophet Mohammed had predicted the battle himself, according to his companion Abu Hurayrah.
Mohammed himself is said to have prophesised 1,400 years ago: “The last hour will not come until the Romans arrived in al-A’maq or Dabiq, and an army consisting of the best people on earth in those days will hasten them from Medina.”
He is believed to have said that a “horde” from 80 nations would attack and be defeated by the armies of Islam. This would signal the end of the world.
This story is at the heart of ISIS core beliefs. The organisation even calls it’s propaganda magazine Dabiq. Dabiq is a small town in north-eastern Syria near the Turkish border.
American special forces troops in a concerted effort to wipe out ISIS are among those advancing on the town of Dabiq, just north of Aleppo. Around 300 elite soldiers have been reported to be in the country this month.
Turkish forces are also crossing the border to combat the jihadis. Two weeks ago, a column of Turkish tanks advanced into northern Syria with US officials confirming their mission was to support a rebel assault on Dabiq. The combined forces are now said to be just three miles from the town.
And ISIS fighters are now welcoming the fulfilment of their cherished prophecy that “nations gathering under 80 flags will confront the Muslim armies”.
This has to led many jihadists actually rejoicing at the broad coalition of countries uniting against them. The more ISIS is bombarded and attacked from all sides, the more the fanatics who follow it look to it as their final victory.
Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institute, told Sky News: “It raises their morale.
“It is fair to assume that the vast majority of (IS) fighters believe in this type of talk.”