US-led anti-IS coalition denies striking historic Mosul mosque area

By REUTERS
June 22, 2017 00:16
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ERBIL, Iraq - The US-led international coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq has not carried out strikes in the area where the historic mosque of Mosul is located, its spokesman said on Wednesday.

Islamic State had accused American planes of destroying the medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque and its famous leaning minaret in the northern Iraqi city.

"We did not strike in that area,'' coalition spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told Reuters by phone.

The Iraqi armed forces said the militants blew up the mosque as their troops closed in on it on Wednesday.

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