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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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Isis: All Muslims should pledge allegiance to our leader

Militants from Isis - which is now calling itself Islamic State - called on all Muslims to pledge allegiance to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a statement posted on jihadi websites.

They said: "It is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to (him) and support him...The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the khalifah's (Caliph's) authority and arrival of its troops to their areas."

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