ISIS has blown up the iconic mosque where it announced its own so called caliphate in 2014, an Iraqi officer has said.
The terror’s group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance on the balcony of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul that year.
Iraq’s Joint Operation Command today released a satellite image showing the mosque lying in rubble.
The terror group is said to have blown it up to cover its escape as Iraqi soldiers advanced on the Grand Mosque in the Old City, ISIS’s last stronghold in Mosul.
‘Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City,’ Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said today.
He added: ‘When they got to within 50m of the al-Nuri mosque, Daesh (ISIS) committed another historical crime by blowing up the Nuri mosque and the Hadba mosque.’
The mosque, whose minaret has leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa for more…
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