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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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Militants 'gain full control over Baiji oil refinery'

Sunni militant fighters have gained full control over Iraq's biggest oil refinery, in Baiji, north of Baghdad, according to media reports.

The Baiji oil refinery, 112 miles north of Baghdad in Iraq. (Pictured in 2010) Credit: REUTERS/Jacob Russell

Isis and other Sunni groups have been attacking the refinery for the past ten days. The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol.

A rebel spokesman told the BBC that the refinery would be handed over to local tribes to administer, and the fighters would continue their march towards Baghdad.

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