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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 insurgents take three towns in western Iraq

Sunni insurgents led by Islamist group Isis have captured three towns in Iraq's western Anbar province, witnesses and security sources told Reuters.

"Army troops withdrew from Rawa, Ana and Rutba this morning and Isis moved quickly to completely control these towns," a military intelligence official said.

Rawa, marked in red, seen in the west of Iraq towards the border with Syria. Credit: Google Maps

The office for the prime minister's military command said it had no immediate comment and would be giving an update on events in a press conference later on Sunday.

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