Iraq arrests MKO spokesman

Iraq’s security forces have reportedly arrested Mohammad Eqbal, a spokesman for the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) at Camp Liberty, informed Iraqi security sources said.

Eqbal was arrested on Friday on the order of the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on charges of provoking members of the organization to disobey the decision of the Iraqi government for the transfer of the remaining residents of Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, a former US military base.

The report is yet to be confirmed by the Iraqi authorities.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iraqi civilians as well as Iranian civilians and officials.

The group 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 Iraqi government had vowed to shut the camp completely by the end of December 2011 and move the residents to another location.

Nearly 2,000 members of the terrorist group have already been transferred to Camp Liberty, but 1,200 more still remain in Camp Ashraf, showing resistance against the relocation effort, which paves the way for their entire removal out of Iraq.