Senior Iraqi lawmaker Sheikh Humam Hammoudi says Baghdad is determined to expel Iranian terrorist group Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country despite pressures by the West to impede the move.
“According to Iraqi law, the MKO is a terrorist group that has killed a large number of Iraqi people. They are groups that would receive financial aid from Iraq’s former regime and mount pressure against the people of the country,” the head of Iraq’s Parliament Foreign Relations Commission said in an interview with ISNA.
Hammoudi added that the EU has put pressure on Iraq’s government to prevent it from expelling the terrorist group, noting however that “we will move forward in line with our goals.”
Members of the MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where they enjoyed the support of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf in Diyala Province, near the Iranian border.
The group has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.
Tehran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.
In April, Iraq’s government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Baghdad is determined to shut down Camp Ashraf, located in north of the capital, and disband the MKO terrorist group.