US condemns Mosul mosque demolition by Islamic State; says it has no respect for Iraq

Washington: The United States has branded the Islamic State group's demolition of an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul an attack on world heritage and "an edifice of a great religion."

The Al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret were levelled on Wednesday evening as US-backed Iraqi forces closed in on jihadist hold-outs in the northern city.

File image of Mosul, Iraq. Reuters

File image of Mosul, Iraq. Reuters

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Friday said the bombing of such a site "only further proves that Islamic State has no respect for Iraq's identity, culture or its religions."

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once exploited the powerful symbolism of the mosque to boost his stature when he gave his first sermon as leader of the group.

But his fighters apparently preferred to demolish the shrine and attempt to blame US air strikes rather than allow it to fall into the hands of advancing government forces.

"The despicable act is a crime not only against the people of Mosul and Iraq but the world," Nauert said.

"The world has yet again lost an important part of our shared heritage at the hands of ISIS."


Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 09:45 AM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See