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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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Camp established for Iraqi refugees fleeing militants

Volunteers erect tents at the site of a newly established refugee camp near the Kurdistan/Iraq border. Credit: ITV News\Sean Swan

A refugee camp has been established near the city of Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, to accommodate some of the 500,000 people who have fled ahead of the Islamist militant insurgency in the north of the country.

A woman at the camp outside Erbil. Credit: ITV News\Sean Swan

Iraqi Kurds took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk earlier today after government forces abandoned their posts in the face of a sweeping Sunni Islamist rebel push towards Baghda

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