Iraqi forces close on strategic mosque in Mosul fight

Baghdadi delivered a speech from Mosul’s al-Nuri Mosque in 2014 [Reuters]

U.S.-supported Iraqi forces on Sunday are closing in on a strategic building, the al-Nuri Mosque, as they continue the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. The eastern half of the city, which is the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, has already been liberated; ISIS terrorists in the western half control a shrinking territory. The mosque is important because it is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014. An estimate 2,000 ISIS fighters remain in Mosul after a six-month siege by Iraqi troops

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