MKO members must leave Iraq within set deadline

Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Abdulkarim Khalaf said on Wednesday that members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) must leave Iraqi soil within the specified six-month deadline.

"Regarding the principle of good neighborliness and non-intervention in neighbors’ affairs, the Iraqi government will not allow regional terrorist groups, including MKO and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), to use Iraqi territory for operations against others," said Khalaf in reaction to views of certain political groups and wings about the six-month deadline set by the Iraqi government for the MKO to leave Iraqi soil.

Khalaf said that over the past two days, half of Ashraf garrison, the main bastion of the MKO in Iraq, has been delivered to the Iraqi army by American troops.

Americans, however, are still having the responsibility to control the garrison and it is said that it will remain under their supervision until Iraq takes over responsibility for Diyala province.

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