Reuters news agency reports today that a mosque, which carried enormous symbolic importance for the Islamic State, was destroyed by the militants as they retreated from the area in Mosul. Towering over Mosul for 850 years, the leaning al-Hadba minaret’s demolition came on Wednesday night as Iraqi forces closed on the mosque. The Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi used the mosque to declare a “caliphate” as militants seized swathes of Syria and Iraq. His black flag had been flying on the 150-foot (45 meter) minaret since June 2014.
Reuters report found here.