Thursday, June 22, 2017

ISIS/ISIL blow up Mosul's historical al-Nuri mosque

The extremist Islamic State (IS) militants have blown up Mosul's historical al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret, as Iraqi forces are pushing near the Mosque area in the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.
The extremist militants blew up the mosque building and its minaret as the commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces were advancing to new positions, just 50 meters away from the landmark mosque in central of the old city in the western side of Mosul, the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

The mosque with its famous leaning minaret, which gave the city its nickname "al-Hadbaa" or "the hunchback," has a symbolic value, as it was the place where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the cross-border "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria in his sole public appearance in July 2014.

The move of the IS militants came as the CTS commandos launched a new push since the early morning toward al-Nuri mosque and the surrounding areas, fighting fierce house-to-house battles and recapturing some alleys near the mosque.

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