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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Rush to buy military gear after cleric's call to arms

Men buy military kit from a market stall in Basra, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

Traders selling military uniforms and supplies in Iraq's southern city of Basra are doing brisk business, triggered by a call by Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urging his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against Sunni militants.

Traders have reported a surge in sales. Credit: Reuters

The city's main market has seen a large crowd of people, both young and old, who have volunteered to join the Iraqi army in its fight to stop the onslaught.

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