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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Senior US official: 'We're open to engaging the Iranians'

A denior State Department official has told ITV News that he US administration is "open to engaging the Iranians".

We are open to engaging the Iranians, just as we are engaging other regional players on the threat post by ISIL in Iraq.

The issue did come up briefly with Iran on the margins of the P5+1 in Vienna today, separate from our trilateral meeting.

These engagements will not include military coordination or strategic determinations about Iraq’s future over the heads of the Iraqi people.

We will discuss how ISIL threatens many countries in the region, including Iran, and the need to support inclusivity in Iraq and refrain from pressing a sectarian agenda.

– enior US State Department Official

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