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    Default IS Blows Up Historic Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul Iraq

    Look, the IS barbarians have even taken to blowing up historic Sunni sites. Dogs.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40361857

    So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.

    The ancient landmark with its famous leaning minaret was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.

    However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the complex, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said blowing up the mosque was "an official declaration of defeat" by IS.

    Aerial photos show that the mosque and minaret has been largely destroyed.

    The Iraqi commander in charge of the offensive to retake Mosul said troops were within 50 metres of the mosque when IS "committed another historical crime".

    A senior US commander in Iraq said IS had destroyed "one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures".

    "This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisation must be annihilated," Maj Gen Joseph Martin said.

    The jihadists have destroyed a string of important heritage sites in Iraq and Syria.

    The UN has said that IS may be holding more than 100,000 people in Mosul as human shields.
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    Image caption The mosque's leaning minaret had been a familiar part of Mosul's skyline

    Thousands of Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen, assisted by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisers, are involved in the offensive against IS, which was launched on 17 October 2016.

    The government announced the full "liberation" of eastern Mosul in January 2017. But the west of the city has presented a more difficult challenge, with its narrow, winding streets.
    Offensive's 'final chapter'

    The Iraqi statement said both the mosque and its distinctive Hadba (hunchback) leaning minaret had been blown up.

    Construction began on the mosque in 1172.

    A month after IS forces overran Mosul in June 2014, Baghdadi gave a Friday sermon from the pulpit inside the mosque and proclaimed a caliphate - a state governed in accordance with Islamic law, or Sharia, by God's deputy on Earth, or caliph.

    It was his first public appearance in many years.

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    The Old City is the last district under the control of IS within Mosul itself, which was the group's stronghold in Iraq.

    On Sunday, commanders announced the start of the "final chapter" of the offensive, with Iraq's counter-terrorism service, army and federal police attacking the Old City from all directions.
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    Image caption West Mosul has seen fierce fighting between IS and Iraqi forces
    Image copyright AFP
    Image caption Civilians have been fleeing the Old City as the offensive continues

    The army said it believed there were no more than 300 militants left in Mosul, compared with almost 6,000 at the start of the offensive in October.

    Earlier this week aircraft dropped leaflets urging civilians to avoid open spaces and to take any opportunity to escape.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Tuesday that the flow of injured civilians out of western Mosul had increased, with victims having wounds from gunshots, shelling and bombs.

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    Why would IS blow up the Nuri mosque? By Paul Adams, BBC News World Affairs correspondent

    It is Mosul's most famous Sunni mosque, named after the Muslim leader, Nur al-Din Mahmoud Zangi, famous for waging jihad against Christian crusaders.

    And it is where the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made his one and only public appearance, shortly after his group declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

    But IS fighters have shown scant regard for history or culture in the three years since their lightning advance across northern Iraq.

    Reports that they rigged the Nuri mosque with explosives have been circulating since Iraqi government forces began their effort to take back the city nine months ago.

    Destruction of the mosque, most observers assumed, would mark the group's final act of angry defiance before finally losing their grip on Mosul.

    IS claims that the mosque was destroyed by a US airstrike. This seems unlikely but such is the savage nature of the struggle for control of Mosul that it's fair to say that preserving the city's cultural and religious heritage has not been a high priority for anyone involved.
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    America most likely bombed the mosque because IS was using the minaret for sniping. Minarets are commonly used for sniping by everyone, even American snipers used them during the Iraq war.

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    It was done in the hope they could convince people the 'crusaders' bombed it, IMO. A very sad form of propaganda that wasn't going to work anyway.

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    They are Khawarjis and problem with very Sunni and Shia monument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by al-Bosni View Post
    America most likely bombed the mosque because IS was using the minaret for sniping. Minarets are commonly used for sniping by everyone, even American snipers used them during the Iraq war.
    well isis bombed mosques anyway
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    Sorry, but I couldn't help letting out a chuckle when I first saw this story on the news. Why? Just why would they do that?

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    They are bunch of degenerates and people with mental illnesses. However those idiots have been defeated. The Sunni Arab tribes fought them quite hard. They are not really a Sunni organization, but heretics who have their views that are alien to the nature of Sunnism actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabatea1 View Post
    They are bunch of degenerates and people with mental illnesses. However those idiots have been defeated. The Sunni Arab tribes fought them quite hard. They are not really a Sunni organization, but heretics who have their views that are alien to the nature of Sunnism actually.
    An apostate like you that left Islam for paganism would be killed by them. That's Sunni Islam. You would not even be alive to post on this website. My fellow brothers and sisters are spilling their blood to establish sharia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al-Bosni View Post
    An apostate like you that left Islam for paganism would be killed by them. That's Sunni Islam. You would not even be alive to post on this website. My fellow brothers and sisters are spilling their blood to establish sharia.
    they re failing .
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    Quote Originally Posted by al-Bosni View Post
    An apostate like you that left Islam for paganism would be killed by them. That's Sunni Islam. You would not even be alive to post on this website. My fellow brothers and sisters are spilling their blood to establish sharia.
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