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MKO terrorists demand relocation from Camp Liberty to Jordan border
Members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) (file photo)
Sun Mar 4, 2012 8:20AM
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The terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has expressed displeasure over the living conditions at Camp Liberty near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, seeking a temporary relocation to another site near the Jordanian border.


In a Saturday statement, the group requested what it called “minimum assurances”, including the removal of Iraqi police officers from seven positions inside the camp, as well as freedom of movement and transfer of vehicles and other mobile property.

The statement by the terrorist organization claimed that so far, "none of the minimum assurances that (Camp) Ashraf residents had sought has been met."

The MKO now seeks to be relocated temporarily to a site near the Jordanian border that had been set up as a tent city to accommodate asylum seekers after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

On February 19, some 3,400 MKO members were transferred from Camp Ashraf, where the terrorist MKO members were primarily located, near Baghdad, to Camp Liberty.

The move is said to be part of an agreement reached between the United Nations and Iraq in December, which is expected to facilitate the MKO’s complete exit from Iraq.

Most MKO terrorists fled to Iraq in 1986 after Iranian security forces discovered most of their hideouts, broke up their terror network and arrested hundreds of them in various operations. Engaged in an imposed war against Iran, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein allowed the terrorist group to set up the paramilitary camp, Camp Ashraf, in Iraq near the Iranian border in order to aid his regime with military and intelligence operations against Iran’s military forces as well as civilians.

The group is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. It has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has vigorously attempted to block the expulsion by mounting pressure on the Iraqi government.

In late February, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a House committee that the MKO's cooperation in a relocation plan from Camp Ashraf "will be a key factor in any decision" on whether to take it off the US list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Clinton's remarks were viewed as a clear indication that the US is close to removing the terrorist group from its blacklist.

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