Iraq states end of caliphate after capture historical Mosul mosque

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By Reuters|Updated: JUNE 29, 2017

Smoke billows from the Islamic State militants positions after an artillery attack by Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Smoke billows from the Islamic State militants positions after an artillery attack by Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Iraq: Iraqi federal government soldiers on Thursday caught the mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State announced its self-styled caliphate 3 years earlier, the Iraqi armed force stated.

Taking the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic triumph to the Iraqi forces who have actually been fighting for more than 8 month to regain Mosul, the northern city that functioned as Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq.

“Their fictitious state has actually fallen,” an Iraqi military spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, informed state TELEVISION.

The insurgents exploded the middle ages mosque and its well known leaning turret a week earlier as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began a push in its instructions. Their black flag had actually been flying from al-Hadba (The Hunchback) turret, considering that June 2014.

Iraqi authorities anticipate the fight to end in the coming days as Islamic State has actually been repressed in a handful of communities of the Old City.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi “provided guidelines to bring the fight to its conclusion,” his workplace stated on Wednesday.

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