US mulls taking anti-Iran MKO off terrorism blacklist

The United States is considering the removal of the anti-Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its terrorism watch list.

Senior US officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make her final decision on the matter two months after the terrorist group leaves Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, some 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran.

MKO members are currently being relocated to Camp Liberty near the Baghdad International Airport under an agreement reached between the United Nations and Iraq last December.

The MKO is designated as a terrorist organization under US law, and has been described by State Department officials as a ‘repressive cult.’

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

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

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