Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraqis lay the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or “the hunchback,” were where IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance to declare a self-styled “caliphate” after sweeping into Mosul in 2014.

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraqis lay the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or “the hunchback,” were where IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance to declare a self-styled “caliphate” after sweeping into Mosul in 2014.

Mosul in 360: Among the ruins, memories & ghosts of Iraq’s ancient city

Mosul’s one-time economic center, the Old City, now bears a closer resemblance to a mass cemetery. A few meters from the al-Nuri mosque’s destroyed minaret, Mohammed Qadir, who is internally displaced, visits his former house.

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Iraqi Forces Take Back al-Nuri Mosque (HBO)

West Mosul, Iraq – As Iraqi military recaptured the al-Nuri Mosque Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory in the long fight against ISIS. Retaking the mosque was symbolically important – ISIS used the site to declare a so-called caliphate in 2014 – and Iraqi forces have fought a grueling battle to claw back lost territory in the three years since.

VICE News’ Ben Anderson has been following the Iraqi Army’s painstaking fight against the terror group, as they trying to cut the route between two of ISIS’s last remaining positions in west Mosul: the al-Jamhuri Hospital, which gives ISIS snipers a huge military advantage, and the old city, where most of the remaining fighters are hiding among civilians as they take their brutal last stand.

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Liberation or obliteration? A look at the price paid to recapture Mosul

The Iraqi prime minister has declared victory over Islamic State, saying the army has recaptured the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul – which is where ISIL declared a caliphate three years ago.

In what’s undoubtedly a victory in ridding Iraq of the scourge of ISIL, it’s important to remember the effect on the people of Mosul. Murad Gazdiev spent over a month there during the battle.

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Mosul op: Iraqi army clashes with ISIS in western districts, civilians flee combat zone

Iraqi troops advance into western Mosul as frontline against ISIS is moving closer to the Old City. Clashes took place in the area of al-Nuri mosque, also known as the Great Mosque – a symbolic venue where ISIS leader al-Baghdadi made his first and only public appearance

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