Iraqi protesters demand MKO expulsion

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 07 January 2011


iraqi_protestIraqi protesters in the north of the country have called for the expulsion of anti-Iranian terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from Iraq.The demonstrators gathered outside MKO's Camp Ashraf in Iraq's northern Diyala province and demanded that the terrorist group be removed from their country. Iranian relatives of some MKO members also joined the protesters, calling for the release of their family
Iraqis accuse the MKO of involvement in the killing of their countrymen during the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's rule. The anti-Iran organization has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks inside Iran over the past three decades. The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community.

The organization is also known to have cooperated with Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. Following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, US troops disarmed but provided protection for the MKO terrorists at Iraq's Camp Ashraf until Iraqi forces took over responsibility of the camp in 2009. Baghdad, which has been housing the group since 1986, has vowed to expel the MKO as it holds the anti-Iran group responsible for destabilizing Iraq through terror attacks.

The decision has not been implemented yet, as Iraq faces US pressures against the move.

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Iraqis accuse the MKO of involvement in the killing of their countrymen during the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's rule. The anti-Iran organization has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks inside Iran over the past three decades. The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community.

The organization is also known to have cooperated with Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. Following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, US troops disarmed but provided protection for the MKO terrorists at Iraq's Camp Ashraf until Iraqi forces took over responsibility of the camp in 2009. Baghdad, which has been housing the group since 1986, has vowed to expel the MKO as it holds the anti-Iran group responsible for destabilizing Iraq through terror attacks.

The decision has not been implemented yet, as Iraq faces US pressures against the move.

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