Iraqis continue to protest MKO camp

People in Iraq's Diyala province organized a protest in front of Camp Ashraf where the Mojahedin-Khalq Organization or MKO members are residing.

Iraqis have been urging the government to deport the MKO members for a long time now...

Most Iraqis jeer at the MKO and are concerned about its secret terrorist plots and other illegal activities. So much that in everyday conversations, Iraqis describe the MKO's presence in their country as a chronic disease.

Some important figures turned out for the protest including tribal leaders, clerics and local government officials.

Protesters shouted, "leave our country", and carried placards with anti-MKO slogans to express their intolerance towards the presence of a terrorist group that they say has caused so much trouble in their country.

The tribal leaders want the government to respect public demands and expel the MKO once and for all.

Some Local officials accuse the west of influencing the Iraqi government to let the MKO stay in Iraq.

MKO has been in Iraq's Diyala province since the 1980s. It's been blacklisted as a terrorist group by most countries in the world.

Many accuse the MKO of murdering Iraqi civilians during the 1991 uprisings and so helping Saddam Hussein stay in power.

The group is widely frowned upon in the region for having sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 war against Iran.