US commences 'surveillance flights over Iraq'

The United States has begun surveillance flights over Iraq as part of a 24-hour intelligence gathering mission, NBC News have said.

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NEW: U.S. now using F-18s for surveillance flights over Iraq as part of a 24-hour surveillance mission, defense official tells NBC News

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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.