IS destroys historic mosque in Mosul: Iraqi army

 22 Jun 2017 - 12:42

IS destroys historic mosque in Mosul: Iraqi army
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MOSUL, Iraq: Terrorist group Islamic State has blown up the iconic al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, the Iraqi army said on Wednesday. 

In a statement, Lt. Gen. Abdulemir Yarullah of Operations Command in Mosul said: “The terrorist organization IS blew up Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque and its minarets while our forces were 50 meters away.”

The terrorist group announced its so-called “caliphate” at the historic mosque in 2014.

On Sunday, Iraqi forces began fresh operations aimed at retaking Mosul's Old City, a densely populated maze of narrow alleys where fighting is usually done house to house. 

Backed by air cover provided by a U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi military is currently engaged in a months-long campaign to recapture Mosul, IS's last stronghold in northern Iraq.