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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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Airstrikes against Isis 'could be counter-productive'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that airstrikes against Isis could be "counter-productive" unless moves were made to create an inclusive Iraqi government.

Members of the Iraqi security forces shout slogans as they carry weapons during clashes with Sunni militant group Isis. Credit: Reuters

"Military strikes against (Isis) might have little lasting effect or even be counter-productive if there is no movement towards inclusive government in Iraq," he said.

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