President Obama hints at US military action in Iraq

Barack Obama has hinted at the possibility of US military action in Iraq, saying "I don't rule out anything" to deal with the threat of Islamist insurgent group ISIS.

The US President said his country had an interest in ensuring Islamists did not gain a foothold in Iraq.

He also added that US official were looking at all available options for the short-term and that his administration was prepared to take military action to protect US national security.

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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.