Iraqi officials and politicians condemned the crimes committed by the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK and PMOI) against the Iranian and Iraqi nations, and underlined the necessity for the rapid expulsion of the terrorist group from Iraq.
According to the Iraqi Al-Ahd news website, a number of Iraqi officials and politicians viewed the continued presence of the MKO members in their country against the international norms and laws, and called for their swift expulsion from their country.
Abduljabbar Al-Obaidi, a manager in al-Azim district in Diyala province, asked the Iraqi government to evacuate Camp Ashraf from the remnants of MKO members and turn it into a modern residential complex or a university.
Also, Wael Abdulatif, one of the former Iraqi ministers and MPs, underlined the necessity for the rapid expulsion of the terrorist group from Iraq, and said, "The international relations, specially ties with the neighboring states, are based on cooperation in the interest of the countries, and therefore, it is not wise to shelter an organization like the MKO which is hostile to the Islamic Republic overtly and covertly."
MKO is a terrorist group with a bad record of terrorist operations in Iran and other countries, including Iraq.
In a recent case, the MKO claimed that it can recruit extremist and terrorist groups in Iraq due to its three-decade-long stay in that country which has also provided them with some in-debt knowledge of the Arab country, and then organize bombing plots, suicide attacks and spark sectarian and ethnic conflict in a bid to make Iraq’s atmosphere tense similar to the present conditions in Syria.
Despite the efforts made by the Iraqi government to expel all MKO elements from Iraq, the western supporters of MKO, specially the US, have prevented their expulsion from the Muslim country so far.
In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq’s Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty transient facility near Baghdad.
No world country has yet accepted to host the members of the terrorist group.
The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar and Judiciary Chief Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.