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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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Nato calls for release of Turkish staff in Mosul

Nato General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the immediate release of Turkish diplomatic and security staff held by insurgents in the Iraq city of Mosul.

"We want to see all of the Turkish hostages released and we want to see them safe," Rasmussen said in a statement during a visit to Ankara, following a meeting with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

An Iraqi security forces member keeps guard as people flee from the violence in Mosul. Credit: REUTERS/Jacob Russell

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