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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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Former senior intelligence official: US should consider 'attack helicopters, special-op forces and drones'

A former senior intelligence official who worked in Iraq from 2003-2009 has said the US should be considering using 'attack helicopters, special-op forces and drones' in response to the crisis in the country.

Derek Harvey told ITV News that the debate in the US "should be considering a range of things from providing air power, drones and intelligence assistance".

He added: "At the larger end of the spectrum I would hope there is some consideration of putting in some joint task force, that might include some aviation rotary wing assets - both attack helicopter and transportation, along with some special operations forces, intelligence packages."

He added that this would also require medical support and med evac capabilities.

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