An Iraqi political analyst said the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) is responsible for the murder of its members in Iraq.
Referring to the missile attack to the transient residence of the MKO members near Baghdad International Airport, Ibrahim al-Seraji said in an interview with Habilian Association that the attack was an obvious reason for the Iraqis’ opposition to their stay in the country.
Camp Liberty, former US military base near Baghdad International Airport, which now houses some 2900 MKO terrorists came under attacks on December 27, 2013.
Al-Mukhtar Army militia has claimed responsibility for the attack. Wathiq al-Batat, commander of the militia, told Reuters his group had fired 20 Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds at the camp. “We’ve asked (the government) to expel them from the country many times, but they are still here,” he said.
Al-Seraji cited the MKO leaders’ disrespect for the UN’s decisions regarding their relocation outside Iraq as the reason for their being responsible for the killing of their members.
He added that the Iraqi people want the “maintenance of good relations with Iran,” but the suspicious presence of the group in Iraq causes tension between the two countries.
“We’ve expected the Iraqi government to deal with the lawsuits filed against the MKO,” the Iraqi analyst further added.
The last group of MKO terrorists at Camp Ashraf, now called Camp New Iraq, was evicted by the Iraqi government on September 11 to join other members of the terrorist group in the former US-held Camp Liberty, now called Camp Hurriya, near Baghdad International Airport where they are awaiting relocation to other countries.
The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by the MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who eventually took the MKO off the US terror list.
The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September 2012, one week after the then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under the US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with the American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.