Iraq to Expel Remaining MKO Terrorists

Iraq to Expel Remaining MKO Terrorists Iraq to Expel Remaining MKO Terrorists

Iraq is set to expel the remaining members of the terrorist anti-Iran Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization from its soil in the near future, a diplomat said.

Iran's Ambassador in Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar said on Thursday the Iraqi government, in cooperation with the United Nations, has so far expelled 65% of the MKO terrorists and the rest will be deported in 45 days.

"The Iraqi government has long sought to expel the MKO members, but this process has been delayed due to pressure from the US and some of its allies," Danaeifar said.

MKO terrorists "have the blood of not only Iranians but Iraqi people on their hands", said the envoy, adding that the terrorist outfit was "complicit" in the crimes committed by the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s.

MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials over the past three decades. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO's acts of terror.

There is a deep-seated resentment toward the group in Iraq because of its criminal past. MKO widely supported Saddam in his brutal crackdown on opponents.

In 1986, MKO members fled Iran for Iraq, where they received support from Saddam and set up Camp Ashraf, now known as Camp New Iraq, near the Iranian border.

In December 2011, the UN and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriyet (Camp Liberty), a previous US military base.

The last group of MKO terrorists was evicted by the Iraqi government in September 2013 and relocated to Camp Hurriyet to await their potential transfer to third countries.