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Iraq Captures Mosque Site at Center of Islamic State ‘Caliphate’

  • New report also shows extent of IS revenue, territory losses
  • Losses driving IS to intensify its campaign of terrorist acts
People flee the Old City of Mosul following advances made by Iraqi forces on June 23.

People flee the Old City of Mosul following advances made by Iraqi forces on June 23.

Photographer: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP via Getty Images
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Iraqi forces pushed deep into the last remaining urban stronghold controlled by Islamic State in Iraq on Thursday, capturing the compound of a key mosque in Mosul’s Old City where the extremists’ leader three years ago had called on all Muslims to obey him.

Overrunning the site of the Al Nuri Mosque marks “the end of Da’esh’s false state,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Twitter, using Islamic State’s Arabic acronym. “We will pursue every last Da’esh fighter in Iraq.”