Iraq Declares End of Daesh after Capture of Historic Mosul Mosque
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraqi forces captured on Thursday the wrecked historic mosque of Mosul in which Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) proclaimed its self-styled "caliphate" three years ago, an Iraqi military statement said.
Seizing the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight month to recapture Mosul, the northern city that served as ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq.
"Their fictitous state has fallen," an Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV, Reuters reported.
The terrorists blew up the medieval mosque and its famed leaning minaret a week ago as Iraqi forces started a push in its direction. Their black flag had been flying from al-Hadba (The Hunchback) minaret, since June 2014.
Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days as the terror group has been bottled up in a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi "issued instructions to bring the battle to its conclusion," his office said on Wednesday.