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Al-Qaeda-linked group urges anti-govt fighters in Iraq to 'creep towards Baghdad'

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:04 AM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - An Al-Qaeda-linked group urged anti-government fighters locked in a deadly standoff with Iraqi forces to "creep towards Baghdad", in an audio message posted online on Sunday.

The remarks, purportedly from the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), come amid a weeks-long security crisis in Iraq's western province of Anbar where the authorities have lost control of an entire city and parts of another.

"This is your chance, do not waste it," said the voice in the message, apparently that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing Sunni Arabs.

"Sons of the (Islamic) state in Iraq, you are stronger than a mountain," he continued.

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