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Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild an iconic Mosul mosque destroyed in ISIS battle

Abdullatif Al-Humaym, the head of Sunni Muslim endowments in all of Iraq, 2nd right, places the cornerstone for the rebuilding of the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul’s war-ravaged Old City, Dec. 16,
Abdullatif Al-Humaym, the head of Sunni Muslim endowments in all of Iraq, 2nd right, places the cornerstone for the rebuilding of the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul’s war-ravaged Old City, Dec. 16, 2018.

Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul’s landmark al-Nuri mosque, which was blown up in the battle with ISIS militants in 2017, AP reported.

The mosque, also known as The Great Mosque of al-Nuri, and its iconic leaning minaret were built in the 12th century. It was from the mosque’s pulpit that ISIS’s self-styled caliph, Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi, declared the caliphate’s establishment in 2014.

Iraqi forces defeated the extremist group in the last of its urban strongholds last year, recapturing Mosul in a fierce battle that saw the al-Nuri mosque destroyed.

Dignitaries from the E.U. and the U.N. attended the ceremony in the mosque’s courtyard, where Abdulateef al-Humayim, head of Iraq’s Sunni endowments, led the proceedings on Sunday.

The UAE donated $50.4 million to rebuild the mosque. Construction is expected to take five years.

Last Modified: Monday، 17 December 2018 10:00 AM
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