ISIS blows up landmark Grand al-Nuri mosque with leaning minaret in Mosul
ISIS destroyed Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said. The mosque, which is also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque, is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared an ‘Islamic caliphate’ in 2014, shortly after Mosul was overrun by militants. The minaret, which leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa, had stood for more than 840 years.
The landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been blown up, with the Iraqi army blaming ISIL for its destruction and the armed group accusing a US-led coalition air raid.
In recent days Iraqi forces have pushed deeper into the last remaining areas held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the centre of Iraq's second-largest city.