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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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Rouhani: Iran 'ready to assist Iraq' in fighting insurgents

Iran is "ready to assist Iraq" in its fight against Sunni insurgents, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Credit: Parspix/ABACA

In a televised statement, Rouhani said Iran would "strongly defend its territory if terrorist groups endanger its security."

He said Iran stands ready to help Iraq within the framework of international law, but added Baghdad has not requested assistance.

Islamist militant group ISIS stormed several northern Iraqi cities, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee into Kurdish-controlled territory.

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