Iraq urged to expel all MKO terrorists

Deputy Head of Iran's Human Rights Headquarters for International Affairs Kazzem Qaribabadi called for the complete expulsion of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) members from Iraq.

Qaribabadi made the remarks in meetings with Iraq's judiciary and human rights officials during his two-day visit to Baghdad which started on Tuesday, Fars News Agency reported.

During the meetings on the first day of his trip, he underlined the necessity for joint cooperation in fighting terrorism at international forums, hailing Iraq's campaign against the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL.

Qaribabadi also appreciated Iraq's position against the MKO terrorist group, and underlined the necessity for continued efforts to expel all MKO terrorists from the Arab country.

MKO has been in Iraq's Diyala province since the 1980s. In 2009, Iraqi security forces took control of the training base of the MKO at Camp Ashraf—about 60km north of Baghdad—and detained dozens of the members of the terrorist group.

The last group of the terrorists was evicted by the Iraqi government in September 2013 and relocated to Camp Hurriya (Liberty) to await potential transfer to other countries.

The terrorist group is behind a spate of assassinations and bombings inside Iran. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, 12,000 have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

MKO has no public support among Iranians also because of its role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

According to some reports the MKO collaborates with the ISIL terrorist group.