Baghdad Renews Determination to Expel All MKO Members
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraqi Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily stressed that his country is determined to put an end to the presence of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) members in line with an agreement reached between Iraq and the UN.
The envoy said the Iraqi government is committed to coming up with a plan to relocate the remaining members of the terrorist organization out of Iraq.
He said his country is going to discuss the issue with the United Nations representatives and European countries, according to Nahrainnet.
Faily’s comments come after the notorious Camp Ashraf, which in its heyday used to house thousands of MKO terrorists in eastern Iraq, was fully evacuated from its few dozen residents by the Iraqi authorities on September 11.
The official end of MKO terrorist group’s activities in Camp Ashraf came less than two weeks after clashes in the camp left at least 50 of its members dead.
The remaining members of MKO terrorists were transferred from Camp Ashraf (now the Camp of New Iraq) to Camp Liberty, near Baghdad airport.
The MKO -- listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community -- fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, was armed and funded by its regime and fought on the side of Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88).
The group has been behind numerous acts of terror against Iranian civilians and officials, and was involved in the 1991 bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq, and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the country's north.
The Iraqi government planned to close the camp at the end of December 2011, but the US pressure forced it to delay the closure.
Based on an agreement reached between the Iraqi government and the UN, almost 3,000 MKO terrorists, now residing in Liberty Base in the vicinity of Baghdad, should be swiftly transferred out of Iraq.