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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500,000 people flee fighting in Iraq's second city Mosul

Around 500,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq's second city of Mosul since it was seized by Islamist militants, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

Families fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul arrive at a checkpoint at Iraq's Kurdistan region. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The mass exodus of the city came after the militants overran much of Mosul yesterday, seizing the governor's headquarters and rampaging through police stations, military bases and the airport as security forces abandoned their posts.

The IOM said it has found three areas of displacement: People moving from the west bank of the city to the east bank, those fleeing to other areas of the province and locals moving from Mosul to the Kurdistan region.

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