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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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Insurgents move into Iraq town of Jalawla

Insurgents have moved into Jalawla in eastern Iraq after the army abandoned the town, security sources said.

Insurgents have moved into the town of Jalawla in eastern Iraq. Credit: Reuters

Kurdish peshmerga forces deployed more men to secure their political party offices in Jalawla before the insurgents arrived in the town, which is in the province of Diyala, bordering Iran.

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