END OF ISIS: Iraqi Prime Minister declares Islamic State is FINISHED as Mosul mosque is captured

END OF ISIS: Iraqi Prime Minister declares Islamic State is FINISHED as Mosul mosque is captured

ISLAMIC State is finished after Iraqi forces captured the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, the Iraqi Prime Minister has declared.

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Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi decalred “the end of the Daesh state” after the capture of the mosque in Mosul.

The cult declared a caliphate from the mosque in 2014.

It signals the end of an eight month long siege to take back the city from .

Mr Abadi, using the Arabic acronym for the terror group, said: “The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood.”

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He said Iraqi forces would continue to hunt Islamic State’s fighters “to kill them and detain them, down to the last one”.

Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) troops captured the al-Nuri Mosque’s ground in a “lightning operation” today, a commander of the US-trained elite units told state TV.

Civilians living nearby were evacuated in the past days through corridors, he added.

A military statement said CTS units are now in control of the mosque area and the al-Hadba and Sirjkhana neighborhoods and they are still advancing.

Iraqi forces have recaptured the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister declares Islamic State is FINISHED as Mosul mosque is captured

The seizure of the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque is a huge symbolic victory for the Iraqi forces fighting to recapture Mosul, which had served as Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq.

Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV: “Their fictitious state has fallen.”

The insurgents blew up the medieval mosque and its famed leaning minaret a week ago as US-backed Iraqi forces started a push in its direction.

ISIS’ black flag had been flying from al-Hadba (The Hunchback) minaret since June 2014.

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