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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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Obama: 'prepared to send 300 military advisers to Iraq'

President Barrack Obama says he is prepared to send additional equipment and up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

President Obama says he is prepared to send 300 military advisers to Iraq. Credit: PA

In a statement delivered at the White House, Mr Obama said the US would be prepared to take "targeted military action in Iraq" but troops "would not be returning to combat" in the war-torn country.

He said Iran was told "not to encourage steps that might lead to civil war in Iraq" and urged Iraqi leaders to "rise above their differences and come together for a political solution to the crisis".

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