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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Leader of Islamic State calls for jihad in new statement

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed.

Read: Isis declares an 'Islamic Caliphate' in Iraq and Syria and changes name

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly said in an audio message posted online:

There is no better effort in this blessed month or any, other than jihad in God's path, so embrace this change and champion Allah's religion through jihad.

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