DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:50 P.M.) – On Wednesday evening, the Al-Nouri mosque in the Old City of Mosul was blown up by explosives planted by ISIS insurgents, an Iraqi military source told Al-Masdar News.
The infamous mosque was reduced to rubbles after the Iraqi Army’s Counter Terrorism Units advanced within 50 meters of the infamous holy site.
Back in 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi held his very first speech in the Al-Nouri mosque, announcing the establishment of a regional caliphate spanning across the Levant.
According to Amaq Agency however, the Al-Nouri mosque was blown up by a US airstrike. This was denied by both Baghdad and Washington moments ago.
Iraqi troops have been within a few hundred meters of the Al-Nouri mosque for several months; however, seasoned ISIS militants have held their ground in the southern sector of the Old City neighborhood for some time.
The latter district represents the last neighborhood under Islamic State control after the Iraqi Armed Forces fully liberated the Al-Shafaa suburb yesterday.
An official battle map of Mosul: