As American-led Iraqi Security Forces continue to wear down ISIS in their valiant campaign to win back the city of Mosul, the terrorist group resorted to destroying what they were about to lose.
Early this week, Iraqi military forces closed in around an Islamic State position at historic al-Nuri Mosque, and rather than cede the territory, the radical Islamists detonated the historic Muslim monument.
The American commander of the Iraqi forces, Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, noted the blow this destruction dealt to the peaceful Muslims of Mosul.
“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organization must be annihilated,” Martin said. “The responsibility of this devastation is laid firmly at the doorstep of ISIS, and we continue to support our Iraqi partners as they bring these terrorists to justice. However, the battle for the liberation of Mosul is not yet complete, and we remain focused on supporting the ISF with that objective in mind.”
The Great Mosque of al-Nuri was renowned for it’s height, rivaling the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, and was truly a Muslim relic at 845 years old.
The Islamic State news agency attempted to pin the bombing on US war planes, which US officials told CNN was “1000% false.”
One silver lining from the senseless destruction is that it signals the desperation of ISIS leaders and according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi it is “an official announcement of their defeat.”
— CNN (@CNN) June 22, 2017
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