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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.

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Britain could offer assistance to Iraqi authorities

William Hague says Britain could offer counter-terrorism expertise to help fight Islamist militants in Iraq. Credit: Reuters

William Hague said Britain might assist Iraqi authorities fighting Islamist militants by offering counter-terrorism expertise.

The Foreign Secretary made the announcements after talks on Iraq with US Secretary of State John Kerry, in London.

"In the UK, we are not planning a British military intervention, but we are looking urgently at other ways to help, for example with counter-terrorism expertise," he said.

"Work is under way on that now and we will continue to liaise closely with our United States allies in particular on that."

He added: "A British team of emergency aid experts from DFID arrived in Iraq early this morning and are looking urgently at what the UK can do on that front."

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