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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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Israeli PM: We should 'support' Kurdish independence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supported a push for Kurdish statehood, a position that appears to clash with America's preference to keep Iraq united.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: REUTERS/Dan Balilty

He told Tel Aviv University's INSS think tank: "We should... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence."

He also outlined what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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