Iraq air force strikes insurgent positions around Mosul

The Iraqi air force has attacked insurgent positions in the northern city of Mosul and the surrounding area, Reuters has reported, citing state television.

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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.