Iran President vows to protect Iraqi holy sites

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered his country's support to protect Iraq's holiest sites from the threat of Isis militants.

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Iranian nation will protect #Iraq's holy shrines & they aren't alone. Iraq's Sunnis, Shias & Kurds all ready to defeat terrorism #solidarity

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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.