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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Al-Hashemi: Iraq violence part of 'broader Sunni revolt'

Members of the Iraqi security forces patrol an area near the borders between Karbala Province and Anbar Province. Credit: Reuters\Mushtaq Muhammed

The current violence in Iraq is part of a wider Sunni Arab revolt in the country and not just a campaign by Islamist militants, fugitive vice-president Tarek al-Hashemi has told Reuters.

"What happened in my country...is desperate people revolted. Simple as that. Arab Sunni communities over 11 years faced discrimination, injustice, corruption," he said, rejecting the suggestion that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant alone were responsible.

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