Islamic State on Wednesday night destroyed the famous Grand al-Nuri
Mosque located in Mosul, best known for its leaning minaret, known as
the "hunchback" and one of Iraq’s most famous landmarks.
The entire structure has been destroyed, Reuters
reported on Tuesday,
citing an Iraqi military statement.
mosque is where the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
ascended a pulpit in 2014 and declared a caliphate after his fighters
took control of Mosul and swept through other areas of northern Iraq
and Syria, according to the NYT.
landmark structure, which was built in the 12th century, had already
been targeted by the Islamic State when it first occupied the Iraqi
city in 2014.
to Radio Sawa's Zaid
the photo bolow shows the remains of the structure after the
after the military’s report, the terrorist group used its news
agency to claim that the mosque had actually been destroyed by an
American airstrike. The Pentagon has not yet commented.
destruction of the mosque and minaret, pictured on Iraq’s 10,000
dinar bank note, is another blow to the city’s rich cultural
heritage and its plethora of ancient sites that have been damaged or
destroyed during three years of Islamic State rule.
silver lining is that the battle for control of Mosul, which has
raged for months, has been closing in on the Old City, where the Nuri
Mosque is, suggesting the ISIS resistance in the city is almost