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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'More than 1,000 killed in Iraq insurgency', UN says

Over 1,000 people, most of whom were civilians, have been killed in violence in Iraq since Islamist militants Isis swept through large parts of the country, the United Nations has said.

The UN said some of the dead were executed by Isis, while others were prisoners killed be retreating Iraqi government forces.

"This figure - which should be viewed very much as a minimum - includes a number of verified summary executions and extra-judicial killings of civilians, police, and soldiers who were hors [outside] combat," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

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