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ISIS worked since its first days to urge civilians to engage in its ranks. The terrorist group used the International Coalition raids as a motivation to its supporters; they tried to convince the civilians that the world is fighting them in order to stop Islam and Islamic caliphate.
ISIS has recruited the largest possible number of civilians in its fight against Kurdish militias in Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani), the battle was called (The Battle of Al-Ansar, supporters battle) referring to the civilian supporters from Raqqa and Aleppo suburbs. The Group imposed Arab clans and Kurdish supporters to provide young men and weapons. However, ISIS lost the battle against the Kurdish militias which was supported by the International Coalition warplanes.
ISIS main goal of this battle was to deepen the state of hatred between Arabs and Kurds, so the group claimed that Kurds are fighting Islam and they are going to commit violations against the Arabs. But this claim was supported later by YPG actions after they controlled Arab towns northern Raqqa, YPG displaced Arabs, Turkmen and even Kurds and they confiscated a lot of Arab lands.
The United States sent a few hundreds of soldiers to northern Raqqa, and they established two operation centers there; one of them is a training camp and a battle lead center located in the 93 Brigade headquarters, Ein Isa. The other one is in Lafrage, southern Ayn Arab, and this one is a training center for YPG forces. In addition to the obvious presence of American soldiers on the battlefront against ISIS.
All that made ISIS to start recruiting a lot of civilians through mosques and Shariah courses under the pretext of the promised battle in Dabiq, and the battle now is between ISIS and the Crusader Coalition.