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Islamic State warns US: We will drown all of you in blood

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants.

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first US air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack its citizens "in any place" if the raids hit its militants.

The video, which shows a photograph of a US national who was beheaded during the US occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English "we will drown all of you in blood".

US airstrikes in northern Iraq have helped Kurdish fighters take back some territory captured by Islamic State militants, who have threatened to march on Baghdad.

The latest advance by the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, sent tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority and Christians fleeing for their lives and alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies.

Unlike al-Qaeda, Islamic State has so far focused on seizing land in Iraq and Syria for its self-proclaimed caliphate, not spectacular attacks on Western targets.

US President Barack Obama said at a news conference today that the Islamic State posed a threat to Iraq and the entire region.

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