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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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Americans evacuated from airbase north of Baghdad

Americans are being evacuated from an airbase near Baghdad to escape the incursion from Islamist group ISIS.

Officials said three planes were set to leave Balad airfield in Sunni Muslim territory north of Baghdad, with ISIS militants sweeping south after capturing the city of Mosul yesterday.

Those being evacuated including 12 US service personnel and several hundred contractors, the Associated Press reports.

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