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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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UN condemns ISIS attacks in Iraq's Mosul

The UN Security Council has condemned the upsurge of violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS, which it calls a "terrorist organisation".

Iraqi troops, some in civilian clothes, retreat from Kirkuk. Credit: APTN

It said: "The Security Council deplored in the strongest terms the recent events in the city of Mosul in Iraq where elements of the terrorist organization.

"...ISIL (ISIS) have taken over significant parts of the city, including the Turkish Consulate and many government buildings, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people."

It said that "the recent terrorist attacks ... are being perpetrated against the people of Iraq in an attempt to destabilise the country and region."

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