‘MKO expulsion from Ashraf postponed till after Ramadan’

Remaining members of the terrorist MKO group will be expelled from their main stronghold, some 60 km northeast of Baghdad, to their temporary home in Baghdad after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, said an Iraqi official.

According to a recent report published in Habilian Foundation website, Uday al-Khadran, Mayor of Khalis, told Ashraf News yesterday that next stage of the expulsion of MKO members has been postponed until after Ramadan.

The relocation is in line with the memorandum of understanding signed on 25 December between Iraq and United Nations to temporarily transfer them to a former US military base for the UNHCR to determine their refugee status.

To date roughly two-thirds of the members of the MKO terror group at Camp Ashraf have been relocated to Camp Liberty; however, some 1200 of the residents still remain at Ashraf.

Al-Khadran stressed that the remaining members will be expelled in two groups of 600.

Criticizing the terrorist group for stalling the process, Khalis Mayor said that the group wanted to gain the ability to travel back and forth freely between Baghdad streets.

Despite UN’s calls on Member States to demonstrate their readiness to accept eligible residents of Camp Ashraf who wish to resettle in third countries, still no country has expressed willingness to accept them.