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Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared its 'caliphate' in 2014

Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared its 'caliphate' in 2014 --ISIS accused American aircraft of destroying mosque, which US-led coalition denied | 22 June 2017 | Islamic State (IS) militants have [or the US-led coalition has] blown up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, the Iraqi military says, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. It was from the same medieval mosque that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled "caliphate" spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. The Iraqi military's media office distributed a picture taken from the air that appears to show the mosque and minaret flattened in the middle of the small houses of the Old City, the historic district where the militants are besieged.