ISIS destroys 800-year-old mosque in Syria with airstrike

ISIS destroys 800-year-old mosque in SyriaNew reports claims ISIS blew up the historic great Mosque of al-Nuri and its leaning minaret in Mosul. However, ISIS through its news agency, said US warplanes were responsible for destroying the historic mosque that has towered over Mosul for over 800-years.

US officials have since denied the claims by ISIS saying it’s “1,000% false.” while Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the ISIS act amounts to “an official announcement of their defeat” as Iraqi military commanders confirm that militants blew the mosque up after troops closed in.

The great al-Nuri mosque was built by the Seljuk ruler Nur al-Din al-Zangi Atabeg and completed in 1172. It’s most notable feature is the Al Hadba minaret, which leans 253 centimeters (100 inches).

The Mosque wa

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US warplane shot down Syrian jet near Raqqah

US warplane shot down Syrian jetA U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian jet on Sunday near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqah, according to US officials, creating the latest escalation between the U.S. and Syria since the civil war began six years ago.

The Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move after a Syrian Su-22 attack aircraft bombed its allies who were fighting Islamic State militants south of the city of Tabqah, roughly 25 miles west of Raqqah.

A U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is involved in a large-scale offensive on Raqqah, Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Syria.

About 4:30 p.m., Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad attacked U.S. ground partners in the recently recaptured town of Ja

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