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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Iran 'sends 2,000 troops to help Iraqi government'

Iran has sent 2,000 troops to help the embattled Iraqi government fight off ISIS Islamist militants, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.

The official is reported to have said that 1,500 'Basij' volunteer militia troops entered the town of Khanaqin in central Iraq on Friday, with another 500 had entered the area of Badra Jassan near the Iranian border.

The paper has also reported that an Iranian general has arrived in Baghdad to direct the defence of the Iraqi capital against the militants, who are aligned to al-Qaeda.

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