-Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where ISIS declared caliphate

MOSUL - US-backed Iraqi forces on Wednesday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said.


The forces had encircled the jihadist group's stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, where the medieval Grand al-Nuri Mosque is located, on Tuesday, they said.


The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) were 200-300 metres (yards) away from the mosque, an Iraqi military statement said, a view supported by a senior commander of the international coalition fighting Islamic State.


The US-led coalition is providing air and ground support to the Mosul offensive that started on Oct. 17.


פרסום ראשון: 06.21.17, 18:49