Iraqi Forces Advance Toward Mosul Mosque Where IS Declared Caliphate

Iraqi forces on Thursday continued their advance in western Mosul, reaching the outskirts of a historic mosque where Islamic State’s leader declared the establishment of its self-styled caliphate in 2014, Iraqi commanders told VOA.

Iraqi military leaders reported fierce battles with IS fighters in a dense neighborhood of old Mosul near the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri.