It is administratively part of the Akhtarin nahiyah subdistrict of the A'zaz District of Aleppo Governorate. Nearby localities include Mare' to the southwest, Sawran to the northwest, and Akhtarin town to the southeast. In the census, Dabiq had a population of 3, The town was the site of the battle of Marj Dabiq in , in which the Ottoman Empire decisively defeated the Mamluk Sultanate. In Islamic eschatology , it is believed that Dabiq is one of two possible locations the other is Amaq for an epic battle between invading Christians and the defending Muslims which will result in a Muslim victory and mark the beginning of the end of times.
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But who was Abu Muhammad Al-Indunisi? According to various jihadi media outlets, his real name was Riza Fardi. Originally from West Kalimantan, he had studied at the Al Mukmin Islamic boarding school commonly known as Ngruki after the village where it is located , a Jemaah Islamiyah-affiliated school in Solo in Central Java where six of the Bali bombers studied. Along with this information, the radical website voa-islam. Riza Fardi is unlikely to be the only Indonesian to have fought in Syria. The embassy traced them to Turkey and suspected that the four, all of whom were Ngruki alumni, had gone to wage jihad in Syria.
Dozens of U. According to early Muslim prophecies, Armageddon will be ushered in with a major Muslim victory against "Romans" in either Dabiq, less than 15 kilometers from the Turkish border, or al-Amaq, another town near Syria's border with Turkey. The prophecy continues to say that one-third of the Muslim army will run away, another third will be killed, and one-third of the army will win the battle and later conquer Constantinople, the modern-day Turkish city of Istanbul. For Islamic State, a battle in Dabiq would symbolize that ancient Muslim prophecies could be coming true.
The term is also used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario. The "mount" of Megiddo in northern Israel is not actually a mountain , but a tell a mound or hill created by many generations of people living and rebuilding on the same spot  on which ancient forts were built to guard the Via Maris , an ancient trade route linking Egypt with the northern empires of Syria , Anatolia and Mesopotamia. Megiddo was the location of various ancient battles, including one in the 15th century BC and one in BC. The nearby modern Megiddo is a kibbutz in the Kishon River area.