Iraq takes control of Camp Ashraf

Text of report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website

Iraq takes control of Camp Ashraf

Tehran, 26 Aug: After a five-year US military presence and the protection provided by them to the monafeqin in Camp Ashraf [a pejorative that means hypocrites and refers to the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO)], efforts by the Iraqi government have succeed. Yesterday evening, the Iraqi military was able to take over control of the camp.

The al-Forat television network reported that spokesperson for Iraqi defence ministry, Gen Mohammad al-Asgari made the announcement. He said: At this time, the camp is surrounded with support form an Iraqi military battalion and Iraqi forces have placed it inside a security enclosure.

About two months ago, in response to repeated public calls and in line with the national constitution, the Iraqi government asked the US to turn over management of Camp Ashraf to Iraqi forces. The pressure placed on the Americans by the Iraqi government finally succeeded yesterday evening.

Located in Diyala Province, Camp Ahsraf is 45km outside Baghdad. It was gifted to the leader of the monafeqin gang, Masud Rajavi, by Saddam [Huseyn] recognition of his serve

Fars News Agency, Translated by BBC Monitoring

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