APOCALYPTIC COMBAT: In the case of Dabiq it’s attrition, not apocalypse. However, the Islamic State quotes a saying attributed to Muhammad that “the Last Hour” won’t occur until “the Romans” are defeated at Dabiq. So ISIS uses Dabiq as a propaganda pitch. Come fight for ISIS and be there at the Apocalypse. RFE’s report is a balanced assessment of the battle and the politics surrounding it. It analyzes Turkey’s intervention– in fact, the article leads with a photo of a Turkish tank company (a file photo, indicating it wasn’t taken near Dabiq). The tanks are upgraded M-60s. In 1975 my platoon rode a much older model, the M60A1. Scroll through this archive and you’ll find a picture of a Turkish M60A3 TTS.