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Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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Civilians flee as militants takeover Iraqi city of Mosul

An elderly man is assisted as families fleeing the violence in Mosul wait at checkpoints. Credit: Reuters

Islamist militants have overtaken parts of Iraq's second-largest city, driving security forces from their posts and seizing key government buildings.

A woman covers her baby from the sun as the family flees the fighting in Mosul. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of civilians have been forced from their homes in the fighting, as militants raised the black banners that are the emblem of the Islamic State.

Heavy delays as thousands attempt to flee Mosul at the outskirts at Arbil. Credit: Reuters

The militants overran police stations and prisons, setting free detainees who were spotted running in the streets in their prison uniforms.

A man talks on his phone, as he flees the city of Mosul. Credit: Reuters

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