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Iraq

Rest of MEK to be expelled from Iraq soon, claims Iran diplomat

By Rudaw 4/8/2016
Iran considers the MEK a terrorist group but it was de-listed by the United States in 2012 after a campaign by the group, including the pictured demonstration at the White House in October 2011. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP
Iran considers the MEK a terrorist group but it was de-listed by the United States in 2012 after a campaign by the group, including the pictured demonstration at the White House in October 2011. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region–The remaining members of Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) are expected to be expelled from Iraq in the near future, the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq said on Thursday.

 

“The Iraqi government has long sought to expel the monafeqin [hypocrites] terrorist group members, but this process has been delayed due to pressure from the US and some of its allies,” Iran’s Press TV quoted Ambassador Hassan Danaeifar as saying.

 

The Iraqi government, Danaeifar said, in cooperation with the UN has expelled 65 percent of MEK members from the country in recent years and the rest will leave soon. There are no confirmed numbers but estimates place the number of MEK members still in Iraq at around 500 MEK.

 

“This terrorist group has not just the blood of Iranian, but also Iraqi people on their hands,” Danaeifar said.

 

The Iranian diplomat described MEK members as the “main participant of Saddam’s crimes, especially during the Iraq-Iran war and Kurds’ uprising.”

 

Baghdad agreed to relocate over 3,000 MEK members from Ashraf camp in Diyala province to Liberty Camp near Baghdad’s airport in 2012 when the US government removed the MEK from its list of terrorist organizations the same year.

 

In 2013, at the request of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Albania took in over 200 MEK members on humanitarian grounds. 

 

Tehran counts MEK as a terrorist organization and accuses it of being behind a number of assassinations and bombings in the Iranian capital in the 1980s. 

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kaveh20092009@yahoo.com | 5/8/2016
You better change the name of your agency as an agent of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security or a sub division of Tasnim IRGC news agency. You have repeated the labeling of a Danaeifar,a commander of the Quds force and the key person behind the terrorist forces that had attacked camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty in the past 10 years. No body expects the Iranian dictatorship to call its only democratic opposition anything less than what you have outlined. But it is very unethical and immoral for your agency to repeat all these lies, without even referring to the PMOI for their response. This is unlawful and in my view criminal, since all the past deadly attacks on Camps Ashraf and Liberty had been carried out under the banner of terrorism. Unlike your lies, MEK had never been involved in anything against the kurds in Iraq or elsewhere. (www.kurdsanddisinformation.com) The PMOI/MEK have lost over 120k of their supporters for standing to the criminal mullahs in Iran and its complicity in this crime to participate in demonizing the only democratic opposition to the religious theocracy in Iran. Its even more shameful that the Kurdish newsagency is doing this a day after 25 Sunni Kurds prisoners were hanged in Iran. Shame on you
HobbsJones | 5/8/2016
screw the Iranian Govt.
Ali | 5/8/2016
one day your agency support the Turkish fascists against Kurdish resistance in Turkey another day supporting Iranian barbaric regime official policy of Barzanies clan
free iran | 5/8/2016
the iranian mullahs are all terrorists.
Mussa | 5/8/2016
Well you seem to ignore the reality .Stop supporting the iranian regime .The MEK have been attacked by queds forces several times.

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