Iraq to Form Committee to Pursue MKO Expulsion

The Iraqi parliament and government agreed to form a committee to pursue expulsion of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country, a senior Iraqi lawmaker declared.

According g to Habilian Association (families of Iranian terror victims), member of Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Commission Hassan al-Sanid said that the issue was raised in a meeting between the commission and the country's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki.

"The commission and Nour al-Maliki have agreed to form a committee to pursue the MKO's dossier and their rapid expulsion," Sanid told the Kurdistan News Agency. The lawmaker added that the committee will go on with the mission in coordination with the Iranian and Iraqi governments. Iraqi people have long staged protest rallies in front of the MKO's main training camp in the Northern Diyala province to condemn the US-backed presence of the terrorist group in their country.

In a most recent case, a group of Iraqi people gathered outside Camp Ashraf in May, and called for the expulsion of the terrorist group from the country's soil.

The demonstrators gather outside the Camp of New Iraq (formerly known as Camp Ashraf) in Iraq's northern province of Diyala and demanded that the terrorist group be removed from their country.

The Baghdad government has assured the Iraqi people that it is determined to expel the MKO from Iraq by the end of 2011. Meantime, media reports said that the US is trying to convince Iraqi officials to relocate the MKO members within Iraq.

Under the US plan, the approximately 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf would be temporarily relocated within Iraq, farther from the border with Iran, a US State Department official announced.

Since the beginning of this year, the Baghdad government has repeatedly assured Iranian officials and people that it is determined to expel the MKO from Iraq by the end of 2011.

"Expulsion of the MKO from Iraq's soil and termination of its presence which has lasted for several years is a definite decision," Iraqi Government Spokesman Ali Al-Dabbaq told FNA in April, adding, "The MKO will be expelled from Iraq by the end of the current year." "The only option for the members of the MKO is leaving Iraq and they have no other choice," he reiterated.

The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.

Before an overture by the EU, the MKO was on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze. Yet, the MKO puppet leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has residency in France, regularly visited Brussels and despite the ban enjoyed full freedom in Europe.

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

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 the 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.

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list