Iraq forces retake ISISbombed ‘Jonah’s tomb’ in Mosul

Iraqi forces battling ISIS in Mosul on Monday retook an area where the militants leveled one of the city's most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.

"We retook control of Nabi Yunus area... raised the Iraqi flag above the tomb," Sabah al-Noman, spokesman for the Counter Terrorism Service spearheading the Mosul offensive, told AFP.

He said two other neighborhoods in eastern Mosul were also retaken from ISIS on Monday.

The Nabi Yunis shrine - which was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunis and in the Bible as Jonah - was a popular pilgrimage site.

In July 2014, weeks after overrunning Mosul and much of Iraq's Arab heartland, ISIS militants rigged the shrine and blew it up, sparking global outrage.

ISIS destroyed several other key landmarks in Mosul and elsewhere it considered as part of heretical rituals and practices.

Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a top commander in the CTS, said "about 90 percent" of east Mosul was now under government control.

Commanders have said it would only take a few more days to flush out the last militants remaining on the east bank of the Tigris River than splits the city in two.

Source: National News Agency