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Iraqis preparing to expel MKO

TEHRAN – The Iraqi administration has made the necessary provisions to expel members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalgh Organization (MKO) from Iraq, the Asharq Alawsat newspaper reported on Sunday.

The newspaper said Iraq’s National Security Advisor, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, has not allowed doctors to enter the Camp Ashraf, the MKO headquarters, to put pressure on the group to leave Iraq soon.

The Iraqi security officials have also made consultations with the Australian administration to accept MKO members, the paper added.

The Washington Post had earlier quoted al-Rubaie as saying that his government plans to move members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization from its sanctuary to a location where leaders and “brainwashed cult members” will be separated and the latter “detoxified”.

The U.S. military has protected the group’s camp in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. It handed over control of the camp to Iraqi security forces in February

Saddam Hussein’s government used the group during his decade-long war against Iran in the 1980s, and it also played a role in Hussein’s bloody suppression of Shiite and Kurdish uprisings after the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

On a visit to Iran on Jan. 23, Rubaie said Camp Ashraf would be ""part of history within two months"".

Camp Ashraf, 40 miles north of Baghdad, houses 3,418 residents.


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