ISIS blew up Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque

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  • Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military.
  • It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled “caliphate” spanning parts of Syria and Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday said the destruction of the sites was “an official declaration of defeat” from the jihadists in the eight-month-old battle for Mosul.

History of the Mosque

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri  was a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. It was famous for its leaning minaret, which gave the city its nickname “the hunchback”. Tradition holds that the mosque was first built in the late 12th century, although it underwent many renovations over the years. Outlasting various hostile invading forces in its history of 850 years, it was destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on 21 June 2017, during the Battle of Mosul.

ISIS’ obliteration of history

ISIS has rampaged through numerous cultural heritage sites in Iraq and Syria in the past three years. The extremist group is part of a puritanical strain of Islam that considers all religious shrines idolatrous.
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