Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said Wednesday Daesh (banned in Russia) terror group had conceded its defeat by blowing up a historic mosque in its stronghold of Mosul.
The Iraqi army released a statement earlier, saying the al-Nuri mosque and its famous al-Hadba leaning minaret had been destroyed by Islamists who still control parts of the northern city.
A photo on the army’s website appeared to confirm this.
"The blowing up of the al-Nuri mosque and the al-Hadba minaret is an official declaration of IS [Daesh] defeat," the prime minister tweeted.
The mosque was where the Daesh leader declared the so-called caliphate when the radicals captured Mosul in 2014.
Iraqi security forces launched an operation last October to retake the key city with air support from the US-led military coalition and continued squeezing Daesh militants out of their stronghold this year.