Iraqi forces seize Great Mosque of al-Nuri where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself Isis leader three years ago

Iraqi forces claim to have recaptured the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul – where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself leader of the terror juggernaut Islamic State three years ago.

The seizure marks a highly symbolic moment in the war, placing government troops in the heart of the Old City – the last redoubt of Isis in Mosul – and probably within a fortnight of recapturing all of Mosul.

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