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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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Isis release last workers from Iraq's biggest oil refinery

The last of the trapped workers in Iraq's biggest oil refinery have been released during a brief truce in the fighting between the Iraqi military and Sunni militants, one of the workers said.

Image shared on social media purporting to show Isis fighters parading in Baiji, where Iraq's biggest oil refinery is. Credit: APTN

There had been 15,800 workers at the refinery and 100 foreign experts, most of whom had left by Tuesday when the plant was shut down by the government, who expected the attack.

The final workers were escorted out in a deal brokered by local sheiks, a released worker said.

The refinery was ambushed on Wednesday morning by Sunni militants led by Isis.

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