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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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'Thousands' volunteer to join the Iraqi security forces

Thousands of Iraqi Shiites have gathered at the holy city of Najaf volunteering to join the Iraqi security forces, Reuters has reported.

Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi security forces gather in the holy city of Najaf. Credit: REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in Najaf. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmad Mousa

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