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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New recruits for Iraq's army arrive in Baghdad

Thousands of new recruits continue to stream into Baghad to join Iraq's army, as it attempts to defeat Isis-led Sunni fighters.

Read: Iraq's foreign minister says America needs to help the military defeat Isis


Kurdistan government: Isis 'knows no boundaries'

Islamist militant group Isis "knows no boundaries" and should be a concern for "the entire world" , a spokesman for the Kurdistan regional government has said.

Safeen Dizayee told ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine that the Kurds had done their best to help put back together the 'Humpty Dumpty' of Iraq, but that they now faced a "very angry Frankenstein" in the form of Isis.

He also criticised the government in Baghdad, who he said had left Kurdistan's military under-resourced for a possible battle with Isis.

Isis militants 'parade captured military equipment'

Islamist militants in Iraq have paraded captured US-made military equipment, ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine has reported.

Some of the troops in the convoy of captured equipment also appear to be children.

ITV News News Editor Johnathan Wald also reports:

Pentagon denies US drone strikes on Isis targets in Iraq

The US Department of Defense has said that there is "no truth to the rumours" that its drones have attacked militant targets in Iraq.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary has tweeted:


'More than 1,000 killed in Iraq insurgency', UN says

Over 1,000 people, most of whom were civilians, have been killed in violence in Iraq since Islamist militants Isis swept through large parts of the country, the United Nations has said.

The UN said some of the dead were executed by Isis, while others were prisoners killed be retreating Iraqi government forces.

"This figure - which should be viewed very much as a minimum - includes a number of verified summary executions and extra-judicial killings of civilians, police, and soldiers who were hors [outside] combat," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

Kerry to urge Kurdish leaders to engage with Baghdad

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraqi Kurdishtan to urged leaders not to withdraw from the political process in Baghdad.

Read: John Kerry arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan

A US State department official said the visit was "very important".

The Secretary's visit will be very important both to confer with the Kurdish leadership and also encourage them to play a very active role in this government formation process, including choosing a very strong president who can represent both Kurdish interests but also Iraqi interests.

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