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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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US support for Iraqi army will be 'intense and sustained'

US secretary of state John Kerry said it is a critical moment for Iraq's future and it is urgent that Iraq's leaders come together and stand united against militants.

America's support for Iraqi security forces will be "intense and sustained," he said, speaking at a press conference in Baghdad.

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