Islamist group threatens Arab summit
Baghdad: An Islamist group, Ansar al-Islam, issued a threat against countries that take part in an Arab summit planned for Baghdad in March, in a statement posted on a jihadist website on Thursday.
"The meeting of these tyrants in Baghdad forms part of American plans to normalise relations with the occupation government" in Iraq, the statement read.
"Everyone must know Iraq is under the occupation of the Crusaders and that only the non-believers can legitimise the impious government," it said, referring to the administration of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
"Every commercial or political building of the Arab countries in Baghdad is a military target," said Ansar al-Islam, a group formed in September 2001 by Afghan war veterans and based in northern Iraq near the border with Iran.