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Zarqawi group threatens Sunnis who participate in Iraqi constitution process

[JURIST] An Islamist website has posted a message from Iraq's Al-Qaeda group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile] urging Sunni Muslims not to participate in the Iraqi political process, especially the drafting of the new constitution, and calling any who would take part infidels: "Would anyone draft the constitution other than those who do not believe in God's book...", Reuters quoted the website as asking. The post appeared shortly after a weekend meeting between US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Iraqi leaders [JURIST report] during which she encouraged more Sunni Muslim participation [State Department release] in the Iraqi constitutional process [JURIST news archive]. The Iraqi National Assembly's constitutional drafting committee [JURIST report] contains only a few Sunni Iraqis, but more are expected to be advisors. Reuters has more.

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