The al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is no more. The medieval-era mosque was demolished by ISIS.
Which is weird, because that’s where their Grand Mufti, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had declared the ‘Caliphate’.
And, like the evil losers that they are, they just can’t handle losing, so they’ve gone scorched-earth.
‘If we can’t have our Caliphate here, nobody can worship here!’
And so, they have now demolished an 800-year old piece of history.
ISIS has blown up the iconic mosque where it announced its own so called caliphate in 2014, an Iraqi officer has said.
The terror’s group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance on the balcony of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul that year.
Iraq’s Joint Operation Command today released a satellite image showing the mosque lying in rubble.
The terror group destroyed the 800-year-old site to cover its escape as Iraqi soldiers were just 50 metres away, said Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service.
ISIS attempted to blame the mosque’s destruction on an airstrike by US-led coalition warplanes, but Al-Assadi insisted the building had been ‘booby-trapped’.
Watch as the moment was captured on surveillance video:
Watch this news report:
This leaves me scratching my head a bit.
Yes, folks, I have a couple of questions.
1. Do ISIS terrorists shout ‘Allahu Akbar!’ when they blow up their own mosque? Because that seems somewhat self-defeating.
2. Do they realize that they’re wiping out their own history?
The mosque, whose minaret has leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa for more than 840 years, seen as a symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city.
ISIS’s notorious black flag has been flying from one of its minarets since the militants captured Mosul, as well as swathes of Iraq and Syria, in 2014.
The militants sealed off all roads leading to the place of worship last month but today, US-backed Iraqi soldiers moved in on the mosque following an eight-month-long campaign to recapture Mosul, ISIS’s de-facto
capital in Iraq.
‘The Daesh (ISIS) terror gangs committed another historical crime by blowing up the al-Nuri mosque and its historical al-Hadba minaret,’ an Iraqi military statement said today.
Source: Daily Mail
ISIS is being defeated in Mosul.
And the fact that they destroyed the mosque rather than have it captured is telling.
While we are sad for the destruction of a historical artifact, we are thrilled that it was ISIS that demolished their own mosque.
Just one thing, though…
It’s too bad that they weren’t in it at the time.
Because that would have been perfect.
If they had the courage of their convictions, they would have died in it.