Camp Ashraf, the home to more than 3000 anti-Iran terrorists, will be removed from the members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) this Tuesday, Iraq said.
The Iraqi government called all the media to be in Camp Ashraf on Tuesday, December 15, for a live coverage of the MKO removal from the camp in North Baghdad, Habilian Association (families of Iranian terror victims) quoted Al-Wasat news website as reporting.
This came after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday that his government has decided to relocate the terrorist group to a remote area in the southern part of the country before expelling them once and for all.
"Their presence at Ashraf is a major risk because of the historical ties with some groups and political powers in that area, especially the remains of the former regime and al-Qaeda," the prime minister said.
The MKO began as an Islamist leftist group opposed to Iran’s Shah, but turned to oppose the Islamic Republic elected by a vast majority of the Iranian people following the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The opposition led to assassinating more than 12000 Iranian people, including many senior officials, by the cult so far.
The MKO guerrillas also carried out attacks against Iranian targets and collaborated with Baghdad in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
The Baghdad government had been warning for months that its patience with the cult was wearing thin.
In Iraq, MKO is seen as “brainwashed cult from a high-trained terrorist organization” which assisted the Saddam regime in oppressing the Iraqi nation.