MKO trained al-Qaeda for terror attacks in Iraq: Iraqi official

An Iraqi official says the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) had turned its Camp Ashraf into a base for training al-Qaeda operatives who carried out terrorist attacks against the Iraqi nation.

Head of the Security Committee of Diyala Province Meysam al-Tamimi noted that the MKO had transformed Camp Ashraf, situated about 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran, into a training camp for al-Qaeda members when they were in charge.

He said a large amount of money and weapons was also funneled through Camp Ashraf to al-Qaeda and Salafist extremist groups to help them target Iraqis in acts of terror.

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 Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and carrying out the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

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