Iraqi families: Expel MKO from Iraq

Hundreds of Iranian and Iraqi demonstrators have protested against the presence of the anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in Iraq.

The demonstrators gathered outside the group's headquarters and training center, Camp Ashraf, in the Iraqi province of Diyala and called for the expulsion of the terrorist group.

Among the demonstrators were families of MKO members, who say their loved ones are being held inside the camp against their will.

MKO leaders are reported to be using torture and pressure on their own dissident members, barring penitent members from leaving the organization and joining their families.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The organization is also known to have cooperated with Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

Following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, US troops disarmed the MKO terrorists at Iraq's Camp Ashraf and surrounded it until Iraqi forces took over responsibility for the camp in 2009.

Baghdad, which has been housing the group since 1986, has vowed to expel the MKO as it holds the anti-Iran group responsible for destabilizing Iraq through terror attacks.

The decision has not been put into action yet as Iraq faces the US resistance.