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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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Islamist fighters capture new towns in eastern Iraq

Islamist militants moved into two new towns in the east of Iraqi overnight, taking control of Saadiyah and Jalawla after Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts.

A ISIS fighter stands guard at a truck in the Iraqi city of Mosul last night. Credit: Reuters

Security forces said the two towns in the eastern province of Diyala had fallen to the ISIS fighters, along with several villages nearby near the Himreen mountains.

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President Obama is considering military strikes to halt their advance towards Baghdad.

The Iraqi army fired at Saadiya and Jalawla from the nearby town of Muqdadiya, causing families to flee towards the Iranian border, security sources said.

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