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Iraqi troops "within metres" of symbolic mosque in Mosul

Recapturing the al-Nuri mosque in the western part of the city would be a hugely symbolic victory for the government troops

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Iraqi troops "within metres" of symbolic mosque in Mosul

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Iraqi forces say they are closing in to “within metres” of the mosque in Mosul where ISIL militants declared their so-called “caliphate” almost three years ago.

Recapturing the al-Nuri mosque in the western part of the city would be a hugely symbolic victory for the government troops as they seek to drive ISIL fighters out of Iraq’s second city.

Almost three quarters of the city has now been recaptured but militants continue to put up stiff resistance, with tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the crossfire.
 
There’s also concern about the danger of civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes, with the US launching an investigation into an explosion believed to have killed more than 200 civilians.