Published on 29 Jun 2017 Sections ,

Battle for Mosul and the al-Nuri mosque

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Iraqi government forces have closed in on the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul’s old town, where the militant Islamic State group proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago. It is the site of the historic hunchback minaret which was destroyed last week. Retaking the area represents a symbolic victory in the eight month battle for Iraq’s second largest city.

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