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Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture of Mosul mosque

08:37 EDT 29 Jun 2017 | Yahoo News

Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture of Mosul mosqueBy Khaled al-Ramahi and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group's self-styled caliphate at an end. Iraqi authorities expect the long battle for Mosul to end in coming days as remaining Islamic State fighters are bottled up in just a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City. The seizure of the nearly 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque -- from where Islamic State proclaimed the caliphate nearly three years ago to the day -- is a huge symbolic victory.


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