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The BBC’s James Reynolds in Beirut says the latest clash슈퍼 6 카지노es in Iraq have prompted speculation that Iraqi security forces will take on an increasingly sectarian edge.
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But there was a strong indication that Islamic State had gained significant support, our correspondent says, and that IS could pose a greater security threat to the west and north of the country than the group which once controlled the entire country.
The jihadist group has already expanded its reach to the north-west of the country by establishing branches in Syria, our correspondent says.
In a video posted on Friday by Islamic State in Amaq news agency, the extremists called on people to join them in Syria.
In a message posted on social media, the group said: “We are coming to America to establish a caliphate and to wage an endless jihad in order to restore the Caliphate.
“And we call upon your religious guidance to join us for God’s work in Paradise.”
This is only the latest in an onslaught by the group on Islamic State strongholds in Iraq and Syria over the past few months, our correspondent says.
Islamic State last launched its operations against Baghdad in June but, following a ground offensive by Iraqi security forces, it has cut off key supply routes to and from the country.
A number of Baghdad security officials have been killed in the clashes with IS militants in recent months.
Earlier, Iraqi police were reported killed by militants on Friday near Hawija, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital. It was unclear who took part in the operation or why.
The clashes have also been reported around Baghdad, the biggest city with a large Shiite population.
But the Iraqi military – backed by its international coalition allies – are struggling to stop militants from running amok on the Iraqi-Syrian border.