The Iraqi defense Ministry issued a statement, according to which Mosul is completely liberated from the militants of the terrorist group «Islamic state».
According to the statement, in the Old city there is the continued resistance of the militant group. «The power of ISIS in Mosul has come to an end», — says the Ministry of defence.
Iraqi media say that in the last days in the ranks of the militants «Islamic state» was split, and many of the jihadists have decided to abandon armed resistance.
A few hours earlier the command of the Iraqi army said that the militants of the terrorist group «Islamic state» carved from the ruins of the Mosul mosque an-Nuri, which was a symbol of this city.
According to Lieutenant General Abd al-Wahab al-Saadi, and the territory of the mosque and surrounding streets are under the control of parts of special purpose. It is assumed that jihadist left a lot of landmines, and demining will take time.
Mosque an-Nuri has a symbolic importance for ISIS. In 2014 it is here that the leader of the group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the establishment of a new Caliphate. This was the only public performance of the self-proclaimed Caliph.
On the eve of the last assault of the Old city of Mosul, it became known that the militants strengthen a mosque. Then it became clear that she would not survive the assault, and will be destroyed either by the jihadists or by the Iraqi army.
These fears were justified – the militants of the Islamic state blew up the mosque. Was destroyed and the famous leaning minaret, which was the most recognizable structure of Mosul.