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Baghdad conference discusses legality of MKO presence

In this gathering organized by the Iraqi Justice association, many Iraqi officials, tribal leaders and ordinary people voiced their support for the MKO victims that are calling for expulsion of the organization from their country.

These people have come together to discuss about the legality of the presence of the terrorist group of Mujahedin Khalgh Organization on their soil.

During the conference the organizers and the attendees stated that they have sent a request to Iraqi government to expel the MKO saying that they launched a campaign to collect one million signatures to be attached to the request.

They also reminded the Iraqi policy makers of what they called the crimes committed by MKO against the Iraqi citizens under Saddam regime.

After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, American troops disarmed MKO members based at the training base of the terrorist group at Camp Ashraf — about 60km north of Baghdad.

There are many in Iraq saying that despite the disarment, the US and its allies delay evacuation of the camp.

They stressed that the US intentions in this regard cannot be peaceful as they have emphasized that they have plans to use Iraq as a primary base to launch attacks against the neighboring countries.

The United States, Canada, Iraq and Iran have all designated the MKO as a terrorist organization.
Iraqi security forces took control of the camp, housing 3,500 people, on July 28.

The group is especially notorious in Iran for siding with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

Wisam al-Bayati, Baghdad
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