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Iraqi protesters demand MKO expulsion
A file photo of an anti-MKO protest in Iraq
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Iraqi protesters in the north of the country have called for the expulsion of anti-Iranian terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from Iraq.


Scores of protesters gathered outside Camp Ashraf in Diyala on Friday and called for the expulsion of the notorious MKO terrorists from the country, a Press TV correspondent reported.

MKO members responded by throwing rocks at the demonstrators.

Among the protesters were the Iranian relatives of some MKO members, who were calling for the release of their loved ones said to be held inside the camp against their will.

Diyala has been the scene of similar protests against the presence of MKO members, whose camp used to be guarded by American forces after the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

Iraqis accuse the terrorist organization of involvement in the killing of their compatriots during the Ba'ath rule of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The group is especially notorious in Iran for having sided with Saddam during the 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed was on Iran.

It has also claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks and the assassination of significant figures in Iran over the past three decades.

The Mujahedeen Khalq Organization is listed as a terrorist group by Tehran and much of the international community.

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