Al Qaidas paraply-organisasjon, Iraks islamske stat, truer med å angripe iranske interesser hvis ikke Iran slutter å støtte Nouri al-Malikis regjering.

The leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq has vowed to attack Iranians unless Iran cuts off its support for the Iraqi government within two months.

«We give the … Persians in general, and leaders of Iran in particular, two months to withdraw their support and presence in Iraq,» Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, said in the 50-minute audiotape posted on Islamist website which has often carried al-Qaeda statements.

In the first such threat by his group, Baghdadi said that unless Iran meets his demands, the group will wage a «brutal war» against Iranians.

«We announce it today, our hands will not stay far from you,» he said. He did not say whether the group would mount attacks inside Iran.

Baghdadi said his group’s decision is the result of Iran’s support for its fellow Shi’ite Muslims in Iraq, and accused Tehran of being behind the burning of Sunni Muslim mosques and killings of Sunni leaders.

al-Qaeda-linked group threatens Iran