John Kerry arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in oil-rich Iraqi Kurdistan to urge leaders to be part of a new government in Baghdad, a state department official said.

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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.