Iraqi forces close in on Mo­sul

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

Civil­ians fled Mo­sul’s Old City as Iraqi forces squeezed the last pock­ets of Is­lamic State re­sis­tance, and the UN warned that the “in­tense and con­cen­trated” fight­ing put in­no­cent lives in even greater dan­ger.

Iraqi forces made sig­nif­i­cant gains against the mil­i­tants and Haider al-Abadi, the prime min­is­ter, de­clared an end to the group’s self­pro­claimed caliphate as the sym­bolic site where al-Nuri mosque once stood was re­taken. It was from the pul­pit of the 12th cen­tury mosque, which mil­i­tants blew up last month, that Isis leader Abu Bakr alBagh­dadi pro­claimed the caliphate in 2014.

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