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's Mahdi Army prepares to defend Baghdad

Iraq's Mahdi Army - a powerful Shia militia that fought British and American troops in Iraq - has reformed to fight the Sunni insurgents now threatening to overrun the country.

Hundreds of armed men paraded through Baghdad and Kirkuk this morning. They are followers of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who disbanded them in 2008 after years of fighting the Iraqi government and coalition troops.

They've now answered a call from al-Sadr to reform to defend Iraq's holy places from the ISIS insurgents.

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