The Iraqi government has set a month-long deadline for members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) to leave Iraqi soil.
“Members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) at Camp of New Iraq have to comply with the one-month time limit to leave Iraq. The organization members should either return to Iran or seek asylum in a third country,” Diyala province’s Police Chief Major General Abdulhussein al-Shimari told reporters on Saturday.
The MKO has been in Iraq’s northern Diyala province since the 1980s when the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein dedicated Camp Ashraf – now called Camp of New Iraq — to host the anti-Iran terrorist group.
Iraqi authorities changed Camp Ashraf’s name to Camp of New Iraq on the wake of a two-day Iraqi security force raid on the site. Seven Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization members were confirmed dead and dozens of others were detained.
The MKO, which identifies itself as a Marxist-Islamist guerilla army, was founded in Iran in the 1960s.The terror group was exiled twenty years later for carrying out numerous acts of terrorism within the country and targeting Iranian government officials and civilians within the country and abroad.
The MKO is especially notorious for the help it extended to former dictator Saddam Hussein during the war Iraq imposed on Iran (1980-1988), and also helped the Iraqi dictator spill the blood of many Iraqi citizens who were critical of Saddam’s regime.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization has been blacklisted as a terrorist organization by various countries, including the US and Canada, as well as international entities.