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FILE - In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 file photo, the gate of the Great Mosque or al-Nuri Mosque is seen in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba late Wednesday night on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Defense. The mosque is where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the city was overrun by the militants and was seen as a key symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city. (AP Photo, File)

ISIS blew up an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul


ISIS blew up an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul

WATCH | ISIS militants blew up a historic mosque in Mosul, Iraq.

ISIS militants blew up a historic mosque in Mosul, Iraq, on Wednesday, that has been around for more than 800 years. 

The Grand al-Nuri Mosque was a famous landmark, known for its 150-foot leaning structure, which gave the city its nickname "the hunchback."

FILE - This Sept. 25, 1998 file photo shows the tilting al-Hadba minaret in Mosul, Iraq. Iraq’s ministry of defense says IS destroyed the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul and the adjacent iconic leaning minaret when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures late Wednesday night on June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Jassim Mohammed, File)

ISIS's Amaq News Agency said that the mosque was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike, which the U.S.-led coalition denied, according to The Washington Post.

“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq,” Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commander of ground forces for the coalition, told the Post. “The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of ISIS.”

Over the past several months, Iraqi security forces have been closing in on ISIS militants in Mosul’s historic city center, around a square mile of territory on the banks of the Tigris, according to the Post.

"The battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the Iraqi Security Forces with that objective in mind," Martin told Reuters.

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