Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS).
Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops.
IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US.
Aerial photographs show the complex largely destroyed.
The mosque, which was more than 800 years old, was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded allegiance in his first and only public appearance following the declaration days earlier of a “caliphate”.
The mosque’s destruction has brought widespread condemnation.
A senior US commander in Iraq said IS had destroyed “one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures”.
“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisation must be annihilated,” Maj Gen Joseph Martin said.
Mac Neil wins Canada’s first gold in Tokyo Games first in women’s 100 butterfly
Tunisian president relieves prime minister of his post, freeze parliament
Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus-wracked Indonesia to loosen COVID-19 curbs
27 new COVID-19 cases in Sask., 31 additional recoveries reported
Science6 days ago
Bezos riding own rocket on Blue Origin’s 1st flight with people on board
South America6 days ago
Leftist rural teacher Pedro Castillo declared president-elect in Peru
Asia6 days ago
India’s COVID-19 excess deaths surpass four million: research
Lifestyle6 days ago
Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow
Latin America6 days ago
Haiti arrests 3 cops, awaits new chief, while mourning Moise
Asia4 days ago
Man with coronavirus disguises as wife on Indonesian flight
U.S6 days ago
Extreme weather fuels Oregon wildfires; outside help sought
Africa6 days ago
South African court grants delay in Jacob Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial