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Mosul's 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS.

The Great Mosque of al-Nuri, a revered symbol of Islamic history, is destroyed, a victim of clashes between the Iraqi Army and an increasingly embattled ISIS.

- Yahoo! News - US

ISIS destroyed iconic Islam mosque as a symbolic action'.

The Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, one of Islam's great cultural and religious monuments, was destroyed Wednesday in the battle for Mosul. Iraqi forces say the Islamic State group destroyed the 12th century building, while ISIS blames airstrikes by U.S.-led coalition forces. Aerial images back up the Iraqi forces' version. The ...

- VICE News - US

What the Destruction of the Mosul Mosque Shows About ISIS.

The leveling of the historic mosque is emblematic of the painful reality of the battle for Mosul

- TIME Magazine - US

Weapons Delivered to PKK to be Taken Back after Daesh Defeat.

Weapons delivered to the PKK/PYD will be taken back after Daesh is defeated, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a letter sent to his Turkish counterpart on Thursday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

- Albawaba - UK

Iraqi forces battle toward heart of Mosul's Old City.

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there.

- Reuters - US

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds.

ANKARA, Turkey " Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Iraqi forces battle toward heart of Mosul's Old City.

By Sergei Karazy and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City.

Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee ISIS' last stand there.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City.

Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul`s Old City on Friday.

- Zee News - IN

Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes US weapons pledge.

Turkey opened an offensive in northern Syria in August last year, sending tanks and warplanes across the border to support Syrian rebels fighting both Islamic State and the YPG.  

- Zee News - IN

7 crazy photos of US Marines in Syria shelling ISIS with artillery.

Sgt. Matthew Callahan/US Marines Corps As US-backed Syrian Defense Forces clear ground around Raqqa, recently liberating roughly 386 square miles from Islamic State control, a Marine artillery battery is hard at work, shelling the ever-living crap of out of ISIS. On June 21, the Corps released several images showing arty ...

- Business Insider - US

IS blows up Mosul mosque, latest heritage site destroyed

BAGHDAD " The Islamic State group's destruction of a 12th century mosque and its iconic leaning minaret in the Iraqi city of Mosul is only the latest in a long list of priceless archaeological and other cultural sites that the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City

Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of narrow alleyways of the Old City, the last district in the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City

ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there.

- Reuters - US

News24.com | Bomber hits civilians fleeing Mosul

A suicide bomber blew himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul's Old City, where Iraqi forces are gaining ground against jihadists mounting a fierce defence.

- News24.com - ZA

Bomber blows himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul

12 people are killed and more than 20 have been wounded, including women and children The post Bomber blows himself up among civilians fleeing Mosul appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque

It was the same mosque where Baghdadi delivered his first sermon The post US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Mosul offensive: Haider al-Abadi announces 'near victory' even as Islamic State puts up a strong resistance

The struggle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State is about to come to an end with Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announcing that "it's a matter of a few days". The post Mosul offensive: Haider al-Abadi announces 'near victory' even as Islamic State puts up a strong resistance appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Turkey welcomes US pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Turkey regards as a "positive step" a US pledge to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State and said its implementation was essential, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

- Zee News - IN

Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Al Nuri Grand Mosque, in Mosul, Iraq, was blown up on Wednesday. The Islamic State said a U.S. airstrike destroyed it. But surveillance footage shows that the building appeared to be packed with explosives and not hit by an airstrike.

- New York Times - US

Islamic State publish video of destroyed historic mosque

A video published by Islamic State shows the mosque from which they declared their 'caliphate' nearly three years ago lying in ruins.  Islamic State's Amaq news agency published a video of the destroyed Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul on Thursday, once the podium from which Islamic State declared their 'caliphate' and now in ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

When the Battle for Mosul Ends, the Fight for Iraq Begins

Kawa Hassan Security, Middle East The future of Iraq hangs in the balance. Iraq is at a crucial crossroads. The Iraqi government, backed by the United States and its coalition partners, is on the brink of retaking all major urban territories once occupied by ISIS. While very encouraging, the global coalition's focus on ...

- The National Interest - US

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi says total liberation of Mosul will be announced in 'a few days'

At least 150,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the densely populated old city.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

2 Soldiers in Bitlis, 1 Village Guard in Siirt Killed

Two soldiers have lost their lives in Bitlis, one village guard has lost his life in Siirt in clashes that erupted between PKK members.

- Bianet - TR

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. "In the early morning, I climbed up to the roof of my house and was stunned to see the

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Inside Mosul: June 22, 2017

Detailed updates from Islamic State militant-held areas of Ninewa province, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Sniper hits ISIS target from over 2 miles away

A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command.

- CNN Top Stories - US

On The Scene: Mosul, Iraq - June 22

VOA reporter Heather Murdock reports from Mosul, Iraq where soldiers from the Iraqi special forces are inspecting the damage after fighting, June 22, 2017.

- Voice of America - US

Destroying Mosul's Great Mosque: Islamic State's symbolic war to the end

The Great Mosque's famous leaning minaret in 2013. Faisal Jeber/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAOn June 29 2014 – nearly three years ago to the day – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took the pulpit at the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul in northern Iraq. He announced the creation of a new Islamic State that stretched across the borders of ...

- The Conversation - UK

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures on Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said.

- FOX News - US

Anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic al-Nuri mosque

The demolition came on Wednesday night as Iraqi forces closed in on the mosque, which carried enormous symbolic importance for the Islamic State.

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Iraqis: ISIS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret.

- Stars and Stripes - US

UN says ISIS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday.

- Stars and Stripes - US

UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters.

- UN - INT

Iraqis say Islamic State blew up iconic 12th century mosque, leaning tower in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Iraqi Miltary: IS Destruction of Mosque Signified End of Group's Power

Iraqi generals say Islamic State's destruction of the iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is a sign that the militant group's power in the city is coming to an end. Soldiers in Mosul tell VOA that IS wanted to destroy the mosque in advance of an Iraqi and Coalition victory over the group in Mosul. Iraqi ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Kurds reaching critical juncture in US partnership

The United States and Kurds currently share a partnership of convenience in Syria, but Kurds are looking ahead warily to the role they might be asked to play as US policy evolves.

- Al-Monitor - EG

The reason Tehran is against referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian leaders and media have expressed strong opposition to the September referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Shock, anger after destruction of Mosul mosque

The leaning Al-Hadba minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins Thursday, demolished by retreating Daesh militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the country's second city.

- The Daily Star - LB

Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment By Juan Cole Daesh seeks support from sympathizers by claiming that the U.S. struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it was bombing that part of the Iraqi city. Related Entries June 22, 2017 Friend Or Foe June 22, 2017 God Save the Queen

- Truthdig - US

IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq's Mosul

The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul , the city's famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its...

- Deseret News - US

What can be done to stop cultural genocide?

The landmark al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been blown up in Iraq.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Iraq PM: Mosul liberation to be announced in few days

Al-Abadi made the announcement as government troops were pushing into Bab al-Beed neighbourhood in Mosul's Old City.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq - The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq's prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city.

- Reuters - US

Islamic State claims a historic mosque in Mosul was destroyed by a U.S. airstrike — but video evidence suggests otherwise

Experts say the explosion came from inside the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, not an airstrike.

- Washington Post - US

Mosul Seeks to Expel Families of Islamic State Members

Local governments in northern Iraq are seeking to punish the families of Islamic State members, in defiance of warnings by the nation's leader that the policy will further fragment the country as it emerges from years of war.

- Wall Street Journal - US

ISIS destroys Mosul mosque, thought to be act of desperation

Members of the Islamic State group blew up the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul on Wednesday. From one perspective, the loss of the 800-year-old mosque is a historic and religious tragedy. On the other hand, the destruction of Mosul's last IS stronghold could signal the group's impending collapse.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Ankara sends reinforcements into northern Syria

Turkish troops have entered northern Syria, sparking fears of a coalition-undermining attack on Syrian Kurdish forces.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi Claims Mosul Mosque Destruction is the 'End of ISIS'

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that Islamic State's destruction of the historic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul was an admission of defeat by the extremist group. "Daesh's bombing of al-Hadba minaret and al-Nuri mosque is a formal declaration of their defeat," al-Abadi tweeted in the early hours of Thursday, ...

- Albawaba - UK

Mosul minaret destruction `deepens wounds` of Iraqis: UNESCO

The destruction by jihadists of Mosul`s leaning minaret "deepens the wounds" in war-torn Iraq, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Thursday.

- Zee News - IN

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