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MKO members' transfer to U.S. base begins

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-06325

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian ambassador to Iraq said the first phase of transferring Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group to Camp Liberty Base from Camp Ashraf began.

According to Hassan Danaei-Far, some 400 members of MKO terrorist group were going to be sent to Camp Liberty from Saturday.

"Iraqi government plans to evacuate Camp Ashraf in coming days," he told ISNA.

The Iranian ambassador added Iraqi government is determined to expel the group from its territory and close the case of Camp Ashraf by the end of 2011.

The MKO is designated as a terrorist organization under United States law, and has been described by State Department officials as a repressive cult.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf in Diyala Province, near the Iranian border.

MKO is known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The group has also carried out numerous acts of terrorism against Iranian civilians and government officials.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group.

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