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The collapse of ISIS begins: VIDEO: Terror group blows up the famous al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where leader al-Baghdadi declared so-called caliphate

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ISIS has blown up the 800-year-old al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq (left), where spiritual leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (top right) announced the terror group’s so called caliphate in

2014, an Iraqi officer said. Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, said his troops were just 50m from the mosque when booby-

trap explosives were detonated, reducing it to rubble. Iraqi authorities have branded the mosque’s destruction an ‘admission of defeat’ by ISIS as coalition forces are on the brink

of taking back Mosul, the terrorists’ last stronghold in Iraq, bringing to an end their so-called caliphate.

๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐ 
๐€๐ง ๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช๐ข ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ-๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ-๐๐š๐ ๐ก๐๐š๐๐ข ๐๐ž๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ-๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช๐ข ๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ’๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ
‘๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž,’ ๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช๐ข ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ
๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐›๐ฎ ๐๐š๐ค๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ-๐๐š๐ ๐ก๐๐š๐๐ข ๐ฆ๐š๐๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ’ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐  ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ
๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž where it announced its own so called ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, an Iraqi officer has said.
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ’๐ฌ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ’๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐›๐ฎ ๐๐š๐ค๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ-๐๐š๐ ๐ก๐๐š๐๐ข made his only public appearance on the balcony of ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฅ-๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž in Mosul that year.
๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช’๐ฌ ๐‰๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ released a satellite image showing the mosque lying in rubble.
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ is said to have blown it up to cover its escape as Iraqi soldiers advanced on ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ISIS’s last stronghold in Mosul.
‘Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City,’ Staff ๐‹๐ข๐ž๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐›๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ซ ๐˜๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ก said today.
He added: ‘When they got to within 50m of the al-Nuri mosque, ๐ƒ๐š๐ž๐ฌ๐ก (๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’) ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐š๐๐›๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž.’
The mosque, whose minaret has leaned like ๐ˆ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐š for more than 840 years, seen as a symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city.
c has been flying from one of its minarets since the militants captured Mosul, as well as swathes of Iraq and Syria, in 2014.
The militants sealed off all roads leading to the place of worship last month but today, ๐”๐’-๐›๐š๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช๐ข ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ moved in on the mosque following an eight-month-long campaign to recapture Mosul, ISIS’s de-facto capital in Iraq.
‘The Daesh (ISIS) terror gangs committed another historical crime by blowing up the al-Nuri mosque and its historical al-Hadba minaret,’ an Iraqi military statement said today.
The destruction of two of Mosul’s best-known landmarks – which ISIS claimed were obliterated by an airstrike – comes on the fourth day of a US-backed Iraqi offensive on the Old City.
The destruction adds to a long list of Iraqi heritage sites and monuments the jihadist organisation has ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐ซ๐š๐ช ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐ฒ๐ซ๐ข๐š.