On Thursday, Iraqi security forces (ISF) captured the area of the al-Nuri historic mosque in Mosul’s old city where ISIS proclaimed its “caliphate” three years ago, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

The liberation of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is a symbolic victory for ISF. However, an intense fighting is still ongoing in the area of Old Mosul, the last ISIS sronghold inside the city.

ISIS blew up the historic mosque a week ago when ISF reached its vicinity in Old Mosul.

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