Photo shows the destroyed al-Nuri mosque in the Old City of Mosul during the ongoing offensive to retake the area from ISIS. Photo: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister has hailed the “end” of ISIS after Iraqi forces retook control of the now-destroyed al-Nuri mosque where ISIS declared its caliphate in Iraq and Syria three years ago.
“We are seeing the end of the fake Daesh state, the liberation of Mosul proves that. We will not relent, our brave forces will bring victory,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted Thursday afternoon.
His statement comes a few hours after Iraqi forces announced that they controlled the site of the now-destroyed al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba Minaret in Old Mosul.
Abadi vowed to "continue to fight Daesh until every last one of them is killed or brought to justice."
Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesperson for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition confirmed Iraqi advances in Mosul on Thursday, noting that two ISIS holdouts remain, “the Old City and the al-Jamouri Hospital complex.”
“Iraqi grit, determination, and support from the Coalition will lead to the imminent liberation of Mosul,” Dillon stated on Twitter, adding that ISIS’ caliphate “is crumbling.”