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US-led coalition denies striking near Mosul mosque

June 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm

The US led international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq has not carried out strikes in the area where the historic mosque of Mosul is located, its spokesman said on Wednesday.

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

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“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 today.