Senior Baghdad MP Urges Swift Expulsion of MKO from Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iraqi lawmaker warned against the threats posed by the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI), and called for the immediate expulsion of the grouplet's elements from Iraq.

"The MKO is a completely terrorist group and its elements are looking for a suitable opportunity to conduct terrorist acts and incite crisis in the country (Iraq)," Al-Alam satellite TV quoted member of the Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Commission Ammar Tameh as saying.

Tameh underlined that the remaining MKO elements should be expelled from Iraq as soon as possible.

Despite the efforts made by the Iraqi government to expel all MKO elements from Iraq, the western supporters of MKO, specially the US, have prevented their expulsion from the Muslim country so far.

In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq's Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty transient facility near Baghdad.

No world country has yet accepted to host the members of the terrorist group.

The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.

The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who took the MKO off the US terror list in September.