Mosul Mosque – level 2

11-09-2020 15:00

The Grand Mosque is located in the Iraqi city of Mosul, near the Tigris River. In the past, its name was Saddam Mosque, after the former Iraqi president.

Workers started to build the mosque in the mid-nineties, during the Saddam Hussein regime. However, the work had to stop because of difficult political situations in the country. Officials announced that the work would start again in 2013. However, another problem came when the terrorist group ISIS used the building as a factory, and also, ISIS soldiers shot at people from its towers.

Luckily, ISIS did not destroy the mosque, and when Iraqi forces got control over Mosul in 2017, building work could start again. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offered a 50-million-dollar grant to support the work if the name of the mosque changes the name after the UAE leader.

Difficult words: former (past), regime (a form of government in a country, usually one that is very strict and unfair), grant (money that a government gives to someone for a specific thing).

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