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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Trucks full of army volunteers parade in Baghdad

The volunteers travel in an army truck to Baghdad. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of men have flocked to sign up for the Iraqi army in an attempt to combat Islamist fighters who have seized parts of the country.

New recruits to the Iraqi army sing and chant before boarding buses to Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The men were pictured travelling in convoys of trucks in Baghdad, as ISIS fighters vowed yesterday to capture the city.

Volunteers waiting to join the Iraqi Army gather before boarding trucks to Iraq Credit: Reuters

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