Grand Nouri mosque destruction a 'declaration of defeat' by Isis, says Iraq PM

By Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen

Haider al-Abadi denounces levelling of iconic building in Mosul, where militant leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a ‘caliphate’ three years ago

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi has said the destruction of the Grand Nouri mosque in Mosul is an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for the country’s second-largest city.

One of Islam’s most venerated sites, the mosque has been destroyed by explosions as Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters who had holed up nearby.

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