The command of the Iraqi army reported that the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state”* blew up the great mosque of Mosul al-Nouri. In it the leader of ISIS in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 announced the establishment of a “Caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, reports Reuters.

“The militants* has committed another historical crime – blew up the mosque an-Nuri and minaret”, – reads the statement of the press service of the Iraqi army. According to the military, mosque an-Nuri and minaret al Hadba militants blew up when the Iraqi army moved into the city, reaching convincing victories over the forces of the IG*.

It mosque an-Nuri, built over 800 years ago, terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was chosen in 2014 for his public preaching, which proclaimed a “Caliphate” of ISIS*. The mosque is located on its territory, “falling”, the minaret of al-Hadba then became a symbol of radical, reminds RIA “Novosti”.

Earlier, the Iraqi military has repeatedly stated that the seizure of the mosque under the control of government parts would be greatly struck by the morale of the militants. The leaders of the operation to liberate the city in their daily reports evaluated the success of the operation it promotion to the object.

In the afternoon June 21 it was reported that the government of Iraq, sosredotochimsya offensive on the Old city of Mosul, managed to approach to a distance of 100 meters from the mosque. In the command of the Iraqi army also noted that the number of militants remaining in the city, does not exceed 500 people.

On Sunday, June 18, the Iraqi army announced about the beginning of assault on the quarters of the Old city of Mosul – the last section of the city under the control of the terrorist group “Islamic state.”* The Old city army was selected in March, but then the assault had been suspended due to the large number of victims among civilians.

Earlier, Iraqi security forces managed to regain control of the blocks ez-Zanjili and ash Shifaa on the West coast of the Tigris river, taking in the surroundings of Old town in Western Mosul.

Fighting around Mosul continued for the ninth month. Now in the city, according to the UN, there remained about 100 thousand people who live in difficult conditions in chronic shortages of food, water and medicines.

*”The Islamic state” – ISIS, ISIL is not a terrorist organization

The militants* blew up the great mosque of Mosul, where al-Baghdadi announced the creation of a “Caliphate” 22.06.2017

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