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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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US 'secretly flying drones over Iraq since last year'

The US has been secretly flying small numbers of drones over Iraq since last year to gather intelligence on insurgents, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the US had been secretly flying drones over Iraq in small numbers since last year. Credit: Reuters

A senior US official told the newspaper that the intelligence collected was shared with Iraqi forces, but added: "It's not like it did any good."

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