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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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Iraq: US has no plans for 'military activities with Iran'

The United States has "no intentions, no plans to coordinate military activities with Iran," regarding the current crisis in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has said.

"There will be no military consultations with Iran," Kirby emphasized.

Kirby was responding to remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry in an interview with Yahoo in which Kerry, when asked if the US military cooperation was possible regarding Iraq, replied he "wouldn't rule out anything that would be constructive."

The State Department clarified their position later by saying that the US would be open to political not military discussions.

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