Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service troops rest  beside the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul after it was retaken from Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclai(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)