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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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US Defence Secretary orders aircraft carrier into Gulf

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier to move into the Gulf in case military action is required in Iraq.

The aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush will move into the Gulf. Credit: Reuters

The carrier USS George H.W. Bush will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the destroyer USS Truxtun.

Mr Hagel said the moving carrier will provide "additional flexibility" if military options are needed to deal with the crisis in order to "protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq".

The ships are expected to arrive in the Gulf later on Saturday.

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