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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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Hammond: UK to give 'technical assistance to Iraq'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the government will give technical assistance to Iraq, but ultimately this is an "Iraq problem."

Mr Hammond, speaking at RAF Odiham in Hampshire said:

We are going to give all the support we can to the Iraqi government, technical support and advice.

But the Foreign Secretary has made it clear we don't have any intention of putting British boots on the ground.

This is an Iraqi problem and has to be solved in Iraq. But we'll provide all the assistance we can from a technical standpoint.

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

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