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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Iraq: Shia militia fighters parade in Baghdad

Thousands of fighters wearing military fatigues marched through the streets of a Shi'ite slum in Baghdad after Iraq's Shi'ite-led government mobilised militia to send volunteers to fight the Islamist fighters of Isis.

Fighters march during a parade in Basra Credit: REUTERS/ Essam Al-Sudani

The fighters carried rocket-propelled grenades, semi-automatic rifles and trucks had mounted long-range rockets, including the new 3-metre "Muqtada 1" missile, named after Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Sadr, who has tens of thousands of followers.

Fighters take part in a parade in Baghdad's Sadr city. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
Fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr take part during a parade Credit: REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

President Barack Obama has offered up to 300 U.S. special forces advisers to help the Iraqi government recapture territory seized by ISIL and other Sunni armed groups across northern and western Iraq.

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