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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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White House: 275 US military personnel deployed to Iraq

White House officials have said that the US is deploying 275 US military personnel to Iraq.

Today, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the President transmitted a report notifying the Congress that up to approximately 275 US military personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for US personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad.

The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the US Embassy in Baghdad to the US

Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.

These US military personnel are entering Iraq with the consent of the Government of Iraq.

– White House spokesperson

The White House spokesperson added that the US Embassy in Baghdad "remains open", and a "substantial majority" of the US Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place with the embassy "fully equipped to carry out its national security mission".

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