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Iraq has a coastline measuring 58 km (36 miles) on the northern Persian Gulf and encompasses the Mesopotamian Alluvial Plain, the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, and the eastern part of the Syrian Desert.
Two major rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, run south through Iraq and into the Shatt al-Arab near the Persian Gulf.
By blowing up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Isis has issued a "formal declaration of defeat," Iraq's Prime Minister has said.
Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said: ‘We are hearing reports of parents struggling to feed their children and to heat their homes.’ The UN said nearly half of all food shops were closed and bakeries had shut down.
Also known as Mosul's Grand Mosque, it was where the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the militant group overran Mosul.
An Isis statement posted on the group's Amaq news service blamed the destruction on a US air strike, but the US-led coalition rejected the claim.
The RAF said that 'large quantities' of explosives were being stored by the jihadists.
The effect of the battle for Mosul's Old City, which ended as jihadists made their last attempt to hold on to the region earlier this month, can be seen in stark before-and after satellite photographs.