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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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Charity warns of refugee crisis in northern Iraq

Humanitarian charity Save the Children has warned of a huge crisis developing in northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands of people flee Islamist insurgent group ISIS.

Aram Shakaram, Save the Children's director in Iraq, said: "As terrified families and children flee violence in Mosul, we are witnessing one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in the world in recent memory."

Thousands of people have fled towards Kurdistan following the ISIS incursion into northern Iraq. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

"This shocking escalation of violence is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee for their lives towards the Kurdistan region."

Mr Shakaram warned that "massive traffic jams and blocked roads" were hampering the aid efforts, with many of the most vulnerable families being left to fend for themselves.

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