KRG rejects reports of MKO relocation

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has dismissed a report that the US plans to relocate an anti-Iran terrorist group to an area along Iran’s northwestern border.

“The Iraqi government has received no requests for the transfer of Monafeqin (meaning hypocritical) to mountains bordering Iran,” Mehr news agency quoted the representative of KRG interior ministry, Faeq Tofiq, as saying on Saturday.

The US has called on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants to allow members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), known as Monafeqin in Iran, access to the Qandil mountain rage along Iran’s northwestern border, Fars news agency quoted an informed source close to PKK Leadership Council as saying on July 20.

Jabbar Yawar, the spokesman for the Peshmerga forces in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, also rejected the report.

The Qandil mountain range is the stronghold of the PKK militants.

The US is seeking to relocate the MKO terrorist before leaving Iraq, the source said, adding that US officials promised PKK that “they would put an end to Turkish military strikes against us should we accept their condition."

"The offer is being studied at the moment," the source added.

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said Wednesday that Tehran is investigating the reports.

The Iraq-based MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The MKO is also known to have cooperated with Iraq’s notorious dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

This comes as an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV earlier that a group of 150 longtime MKO terrorists has been moved from their base in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad to a US base in central Iraq to be trained as spies.

The US plans to dispatch the trained MKO members as secret agents across the border and into Iran, with plans to carry out terror acts, according to the source.

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