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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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UN: 'Summary executions' in Iraq are 'war crimes'

An image apparently showing Iraqi army prisoners being driven away by ISIS. Credit: ITV News

The United Nations has corroborated reports of hundreds of summary executions in Iraq that "almost certainly" amount to war crimes, UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has said in a statement.

"Although the numbers cannot be verified yet, this apparently systematic series of cold-blooded executions, mostly conducted in various locations in the Tikrit area, almost certainly amounts to war crimes."

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