An Iranian military commander says Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) incurred the wrath of the Iraqi nation and resulted in the attack on camp Ashraf.
Deputy Commander of Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi said on Wednesday that attacks on Camp Ashraf, now called Camp New Iraq, had precedent.
“When the MKO committed all those injustices against Iraqis and they saw that they (MKO) usurped their lands, helped Saddam’s regime in their suppression and committed innumerable crimes against Iraq, it was natural for the public fury to erupt and consume them.”
He further noted that the latest attack on the terrorist group's notorious camp in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala was something that had happened before, adding that Iraqis had earlier gathered outside Camp Ashraf and demanded the expulsion of MKO terrorists.
“The Iraq people’s rages finally afflicted MKO members… This was the inevitable destiny that awaited the MKO,” he pointed out.
On September 1, over 70 MKO members, including top commanders, were reportedly killed in an attack on Camp Ashraf. There were around 100 MKO members in the camp at the time.
The attack came at the hands of a group of Iraqi people and the relatives of those martyred by the terrorists when they had joined forces with executed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 1991 to crush an uprising by Iraqi Shias.
The Iraqis who stormed the terror camp further demanded the immediate expulsion of all MKO terrorists from their country.
The last group of MKO terrorists at Camp Ashraf was evicted by the Iraqi government on September 11 to join the other members of the terrorist group in the former US-held Camp Liberty, now called Camp Hurriya, near Baghdad International Airport where they are awaiting relocation to other countries.
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 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.