US forces transfer truckloads of cargo from the Ashraf base in Iraq where members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization have been stationed.
American forces transfer truckloads of unknown cargo by night, as the deadline for handing over the base to Iraqi forces approaches, the Iraqi Aljewar website reported Tuesday.
According to Aljewar, US troops are reallocating the unspecified cargo to a US military base in the city of Balad in the Salahuddin province.
Recognized as a terrorist group by Iran, Iraq, Canada, the United States, and the European Union, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) is responsible for bombings, assassinations, and attacks in Iran and Iraq over the past 25 years.
Up until now MKO members, who were closely allied with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, have been stationed at Camp Ashraf, which is situated in the city of al-Khalis in the eastern province of Diyala.
After the fall of Saddam, the Iraqi government demanded that the MKO leave the country. It recently set a six-month deadline for the group's departure, threatening to expel them if they refuse to leave of their own free will.
According to reliable governmental sources, the Iraqi army is to take control of Camp Ashraf - in which is the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq.
The source said, "the MKO, who are responsible for a lot of problems caused to the people and government of Iraq, are part of the former government of Iraq [Saddam's regime] and the Iraqi govt has been adamant for some time now to expel them from the country.
Now the first Iraqi batallion has been stationed around Camp Ashraf to take over control of the camp.
خاص بالجوار - بغداد : علمت الجوار من مصدر حکومی موثق أن الجیش العراقی یسیطر حالیا على معسکر أشرف الذی یضم اعضاء منظمة مجاهدی خلق الایرانیة و نقل المصدر ان قوة متعددة الجنسیات نقلت مهام المعسکر الى فرقة من الجیش العراقی لتتولى مسؤولیة حمایته الذی یضم الالاف من عناصر مجاهدی خلق بعد اتفاق مع الحکومة العراقیة و کانت الحکومة العراقیة قد طلبت فی وقت سابق بطرد اعضاء المنظمة التی سبب العدید من المشاکل للشعب و الحکومة العراقیة فی زمن النظام السابق و بعد الاحتلال ایضا
Iraqi Stances toward Rajavi cult and Camp Ashraf
Various Sources, July 7/8 2008
Arrest Warrant for MKO leaders in Iraq
IRIB (translation by Irandidban)
Iraqi government spokesman reported of issuance of arrest warrants for some MEK leaders in his country. According to Al-Jazeera News Channel, Ali Al-Dabbagh said the arrest warrants were issued because of the interference of MEK leaders in Iraqi affairs and also threatening Iraqi officials by phone. Speaking in a press conference, he added: “Iraq doesn’t want to expel the MEK members by force; however, their presence in Iraq is against the constitution.” “The organization has committed many crimes, identified and announced by Iraqi security services.” “We don’t want to expel them by force, but we try to find another country to transfer them to with agreement,” he said.
Nowhere for MKO in Iraq
Mehr News Agency (translated by Irandidban)
Emphasizing the fact that terrorist MKO’s presence in Iraq is unacceptable, the head of Iraq Unity Coalition said that the group’s activities in Iraq are illegal. According to Mehr News, quoting Aswat Al-Iraq website, Seyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, speaking at a gathering commemorating the martyrdom of Seyed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, invited all Iraqis to participate in the elections for Provinces’ Councils and added: “This terrorist group is in Iraq without having legal and international reasons”. Accusing the group of cooperation with the former Ba’th regime in killing Iraqis, Hakim said: “The group tries to ignite ethnic differences in Iraq and has declared its hostility toward the elected Parliament and government.” “Iraqi constitution stresses that the country should not become a base for enemies. There’s no doubt that the requirements of Constitution and government are aimed at independence and sovereignty of the country.” During 80s, Terrorist MKO chose Camp Ashraf in Diali province as its base and cooperated with former Iraqi regime during imposed war against Iran. Iraqi government, reviewing the presence of this terrorist group in Iraq and its interferences in its internal affairs, made decisions against it. An Iraqi MP, referring to Iraqi government’s decisions to expel the group, stressed that all Iraqi officials and agencies agree with these decisions.
MKO’s Presence Violated Iraq’s Sovereignty
Fars News Agency
Najaf’s Friday prayer leader said the presence of MEK in Iraq violated the sovereignty of this country. According to Buratha News website, Sadr al-Din Ghabanchi, Friday prayer leader of Najaf in Iraq, pointed to the cooperation of terrorist MEK with Saddam’s security and intelligence services and in suppressing Iraqi people’s uprising (particularly in 1991) and said: “MEK is under the U.S. protection in Iraq and this violates Iraqi sovereignty.”
Secret Friendship with Terrorists Mehr News According to a British newspaper, Pentagon and U.S. agencies have been frequently in touch with MKO and a special unit, created by Bush to destabilize Iran, is cooperating with it. According to [The] Independent, this terrorist group enraged the Iraqi government by staging a conference last month at Camp Ashraf, north-east of Baghdad. "It was a huge meeting" said Dr Othman. "All the tribes and political leaders who are against Iran, but are also against the Iraqi government, were there." He said the anti-Iranian meeting could not have taken place without US permission. In reaction to the conference, the Iraqi government, the US and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have started secret talks on the future of the MEK with the Iraqi government pressing for their expulsion from Iraq. Dr Othman, who speaks to the MEK frequently by phone, said: "I pressed them to get out of Iraq voluntarily because they are a card in the hands of the Americans." Iraq will be plunged into a new war if Israel or the US launches an attack on Iran, Iraqi leaders have warned. Iranian retaliation would take place in Iraq, said Dr Mahmoud Othman, the influential Iraqi MP. Terrorist MKO settled in Camp Ashraf in Diali province since 80s and cooperated with Iraqi government during imposed war against Iran. Iraqi government has discussed the presence of the group in Iraq, making decisions in 6 articles against them. An Iraqi MP, referring to the government’s decision to expel the MKO, stressed that all Iraqi officials are unanimous on the issue. Seyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of SCIRI, also called the presence of the group in Iraq illegal and asked for immediate expulsion of this terrorist group from Iraq.
Asghar Farzin, Reza Sadeghi, and Ali Biglary, former members of the MKO, plead for justice against the organisation to the Iraqi judicial authorities and urge them to deal with the situation in Ashraf camp http://iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=4272