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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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Kurdish forces patrol oil-rich city of Kirkuk

Members of Kurdish security forces take part in an intensive security deployment outside Kirkuk. Credit: Reuters/Ako Rasheed

Kurdish troops patrolled the streets of Kirkuk this morning, after capturing the town yesterday.

The Kurdish fighters patrolling the city of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The oil-rich city is officially out of the formal boundary of their enclave and is the biggest of a number of towns taken by Kurdish fighters, who have taken advantage of the chaos to further expand their territory.

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