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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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Islamist militants advance after taking Iraq's second city

Islamist militants who seized Iraq's second city of Mosul have advanced to the oil refinery town of Baiji, setting the court house and police station on fire, Reuters reported, citing security sources.

The refinery is protected by around 250 guards, and the militants sent a delegation of local tribal sheikhs to convince them to withdraw, the sources said.

The guards reportedly agreed to pull out on condition they were transferred safely to another town.

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