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Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

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So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq.The Iraqi commander in charge of the offensive to retake Mosul said troops were within 50m of the mosque when IS "committed another historical crime".Aerial photos appear to show that the mosque complex has been largely destroyed."As our Iraqi Security Force partners closed in on the al-Nuri mosque, [IS] destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures," a senior US commander in Iraq said."This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisatio...