1. National

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.

View all 264 updates ›

ISIS militants take control of Tal Afar

Militants have taken control of Tal Afar, approximately 38 kilometres west of the ISIS-controlled Mosul. Credit: Google Maps

ISIS militants have overrun the northwestern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, according to local witnesses.

Several people told Reuters the Sunni Arab group had fought with security forces before taking control of the town.

More on this story