January 30, 2006

Iraqi Group Urges Danish Attacks over Cartoons

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iraqi militant group called on Monday for attacks against Danish and Norwegian targets over satirical cartoons of Islam's Prophet Mohammad, saying a boycott of goods was not enough, according to an Internet statement.

"Boycotting cheese and dairy products alone is a flimsy stance that fits a weak nation that cannot defend its prophet ... They started this and they have to shoulder the responsibilities," said the statement attributed to the Mujahideen Army.

It called on its fighters to "hit whatever targets possible belonging to these two countries and other (countries) that follow their steps."

The statement could not be authenticated but it was posted on a main Web site used by Iraqi insurgent groups. The group was among three organizations that have claimed the downing of a U.S. helicopters in Iraq earlier this month.

Denmark has defended newspaper Jyllands-Posten's right to publish the satirical drawings that seemed to portray the prophet as a terrorist, which a Norwegian paper has run too.

Some Muslims, who deem images of prophets disrespectful and caricatures blasphemous, have reacted angrily, threatening Danes and demanding an apology.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy from Denmark and its religious leaders have called for a boycott of Danish products.