Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosqueBy Kawa Omar and Ahmed Rasheed MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq’s prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city. “In the early morning, I climbed up to the roof of my house and was stunned to see the Hadba minaret had gone,” Nashwan, a day-laborer who lives near the mosque, said by phone. The demolition came on Wednesday night as Iraqi forces closed in on the mosque, which carried enormous symbolic importance for Islamic State (IS).



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