Iraqi government issued deadline to evacuate Ashraf camp from elements of terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization after repetitive refusal by MKO.
According to Habilian Foundation website, based on final agreement between Iraqi government and the United Nations, about 1,200 remaining elements of terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization were scheduled to leave the camp for a temporary transit camp before the holy month of Ramadan, but, they refused to do so.
Having faced defiance of the MKO to peacefully leave the camp, Iraqi government is now trying to use other legal ways to totally evacuate Camp Ashraf.
Habilian Foundation is a Human Rights NGO comprising of a group of families who have lost their loved ones in terrorist operations after victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in early years of 1980s.
Meanwhile. member of Iraq’s State of Law Coalition Adnan al-Siraj told al-Alam on Sunday that Iraqi government has issued warning to the MKO to get prepared to be transferred to a new camp close to Baghdad Airport and from there to outside Iraq.
He said majority of countries have refused to receive the terrorist MKO members due to their black record of crimes and fearing their criminal measures.
Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, says no county wants to accept the MKO members and it seems the reason is the group’s background.
The MKO members have conducted terrorist measures against Iranian nation, cooperated with former Iraqi dictatorial regime and conducted many crimes against Iraqi nation too.
Meanwhile, an Iranian lawmaker said the US and certain political factions in Iraq seek to keep the MKO members near the country’s eastern borders with Iran.
“The US and certain Iraqi political factions are trying to keep the MKO near Iraq’s eastern borders in order to use them to pursue their own interests,” said Mohammad Saleh Jowkar.
The US plans to use this group against the Iraqi nation and Iran, he added.
“The Baghdad government must firmly stand against the US and insist on the demand of the Iraqi nation for the MKO to leave the country,” the Iranian lawmaker said.
The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of the country’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.
The group – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – is notorious for carrying out numerous acts of terror against Iranian civilians and officials, involvement in the bloody repression of Shia Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991, and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the country’s north under Saddam.
In December 2011, the United Nations and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, in Diyala province to Camp Liberty – a former US military base near Baghdad International Airport.
Tehran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the terrorist group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.