It’s been nearly 8 months since the offensive to retake Mosul was launched by Iraqi forces. And now, it appears that the war for Mosul may soon be over, as Iraqi forces have captured a key mosque in Mosul. This is the same mosque that Islamic State (ISIS) had used around three years back to declare its self-styled caliphate. The mosque itself has been badly damaged, but taking control of the mosque means that ISIS has now weakened and will not be able to continue the war for long. Iraqi forces believe that the war in Mosul will soon be over since ISIS fighters are now trapped in a few neighborhoods in the Old City.
The recapture of the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque is being considered a huge morale booster for Iraqi forces. Speaking about the development, an Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said, “Their fictitious state has fallen.” The mosque was captured by Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops in a “lightning operation”. However, the fight is expected to continue in the coming days, as ISIS fighters are using mortar fire, snipers, booby traps, and suicide bombers to defend their remaining territory.