The Muslim faith believes that a prophecy foretells an epic battle that will be taking place between Christians and Islamists sometime in the future at the end of days in a place called Dabiq, a village in northern Syria. Dabiq also happens to be the name of an online magazine published, believe it or not, by the ISIS terrorist organization.
The magazine has been issued each month since July of 2014 and includes an array of articles dedicated to the art of terror and a history of Islam and its many incarnations around the globe. Particularly, it is a staunch defender of the caliphate which it believes will eventually rule over the greater part of the globe, ultimately leading to world domination.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the magazine announced that its editor-in-chief/resident scholar, Sheikh Abu Sulayman ash Shami, had been killed in a coalition airstrike in Tabqa, just to the southwest of Raqqa in January of this year. Raqqa is the perennial headquarters of ISIS in Syria and, up until recently, appeared assured of remaining so indefinitely.
Recently, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis has been focusing much of the fight against ISIS on long-standing strongholds in order to weaken supply lines to the rest of the armies that are spread out across the region. In so doing, Raqqa has become severely weakened and may fall soon, a major blow to the movement, to be sure.
Revealed by the ISIS magazine also was a stunning fact that their editor-in-chief was also an American computer scientist.
Sulayman has been the subject of scrutiny by American intelligence agencies as far back as 2013 when the FBI placed a $50K reward on his head. What was more shocking was that the biography listed as part of the eulogy offered in the magazine upon Sulayman’s death seemed eerily close to details of another man who had resided here in the United States by the name of Ahmad Abousamra. That name alerted terror experts immediately, for it was Abousamra who had been leading an ISIS terror propaganda magazine online, used for recruitment of young jihadis.
As his job’s importance increased over the years, so too did his invective tone regarding “the Crusaders” and “Soldiers of the Cross.” In an effort to drive even more radical Islamists to join the cause, Abousamra made a decision to change the name of the magazine from Dabiq to Rumiyah. A translation of the word revealed a deep, dark secret that was about to strike fear into the hearts of Christians the world over.
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