More MKO Members Leave Iraq

More MKO Members Leave Iraq  More MKO Members Leave Iraq

Some 223 members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) have left Camp Liberty in Iraq for Albania over the past few weeks, the Fars news agency reported on Friday.      

Those who have moved are mostly old people or the ones in poor health condition as well as those who have expressed discontent with the activities of the terrorist organization.

The MKO reportedly allowed these people to move out of Iraq because they were no longer of any use to the organization.   

Since last year, 100 other members of the group have been transferred to Germany, where they are being closely watched by German intelligence services.   

Fars also quoted informed sources as saying that leaders of the MKO have been unwilling to move all their members out of Iraq to destinations in Europe and the United States despite being able to do so apparently out of fears that it might affect the survival of the organization as a whole.  

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization worldwide. The organization established its operation base in Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.    

The group is notorious for carrying out numerous acts of terrorism against Iranian civilians and officials, involvement in the bloody repression of the 1991 Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the country’s north under Saddam.  

In December 2011, the United Nations and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, in Diyala Province, to Camp Liberty, a former US military base near Baghdad International Airport.  

Tehran has repeatedly called for the expulsion of the terrorist group from Iraq.