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IS destroys 840-year-old al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

MOSUL: The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures on Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the destruction of the sites was "an official declaration of defeat" from the militants in the eight-month-old battle for Mosul. AFP adds: "Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City and when they got to within 50 metres (yards) of…