Iraqi security forces have seized the destroyed mosque An-Nuri in Mosul in which a leader of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a Caliphate. About it reports Reuters.
“A fictitious state has been defeated” — commented this event, Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul. The information that the militants blew up the mosque an-Nuri, was launched on 21 June. According to the Iraqi military, the fighters went to the destruction of places of worship, when the army of Iraq has moved deep into the city, pushing the terrorists.
At the same time, the official Iraqi authorities considered the bombing of a mosque the recognition of the IG of their own destruction. The second phase of the operation for the liberation of the city started in February, with the support of the international coalition led by the United States. In late March, Iraqi security forces stopped a massive attack due to the increased number of casualties, however, on April 14, the battle for the center of the city resumed.