'Expulsion from Iraq to pull plug on MKO'

An Iranian lawmaker says the expulsion of the members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from Iraq will lead to the collapse of the anti-Iran group.

Spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Kazem Jalali said on Sunday that the Iraqi nation and government have demanded the immediate eviction of MKO terrorists from their country.

The terrorist group is despised by both Iranian and Iraqi nations as it has carried out numerous acts of violence against civilians in both countries, Jalali pointed out.

The Iranian legislator stated that certain Western states classify terrorists as good or bad, adding that the arrogant powers support terrorist groups and their conducts when the terrorists work in the interest of the colonial powers.

Jalali also criticized the West's double standards on the campaign against terrorism, stressing that such duplicity will eventually backfire.

He said the European countries are fully aware of the MKO's terrorist nature; however, he added, they use the anti-Iran group as a lever to exert pressure against the Islamic Republic.

The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.

The group is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. The group 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 attempted to block the expulsion by mounting pressure on the Iraqi government.