‘Iraq to close Camp Ashraf before pullout’

In a recent meeting with the Swiss Ambassador to Baghdad Martin Aishnbachr, Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Muhammad Shiya al-Sudani stressed that the notorious camp would be closed by the end of the year. He added that a high-profile team consisting of officials from the justice, human rights and defense ministries were looking for a legal solution to this matter.

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Senior Iraqi official says Baghdad aims to close down Camp Ashraf, which hosts members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), before US troops pull-out.

In a recent meeting with the Swiss Ambassador to Baghdad Martin Aishnbachr, Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Muhammad Shiya al-Sudani stressed that the notorious camp, located about 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran, would be closed by the end of the year.

He added that a high-profile team consisting of officials from the justice, human rights and defense ministries were looking for a legal solution to this matter, IRNA reported.

The MKO has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf in Diyala Province, near the Iranian border.

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

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by mounting pressure on the Iraqi government.


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