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 declaration shows group is 'a threat to all countries'

The declaration of caliphate by Isis - which is now calling itself Islamic State - is a message that Islamic state militants have become a threat to all countries, an Iraq military spokesman has said.

Isis changed its name to Islamic State as it announced a new caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Credit: Reuters

"This declaration is a message by Islamic State not only to Iraq or Syria but to the region and the world," Iraqi army spokesman Qassim Atta told Reuters. "The message is that Islamic State has become a threat to all countries."

"I believe all the countries, once they read the declaration will change their attitudes because it orders everybody to be loyal to it," he added.

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