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Iraq: Last Major Group Of Iranian Exiles Relocated


The United Nations has said the last major group of Iranian exiles has been relocated from their longtime base in northeast Iraq to a new site near Baghdad.

The UN's top envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler, said around 680 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization living in Camp Ashraf have now moved to Camp Liberty.

He said only a handful of the 3,280 residents originally in Camp Ashraf will remain, in an attempt to sell the group's property there.

The UN said the transfer is necessary if the group, which has been branded as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, is to be resettled outside Iraq.

The group, which opposes the clerical regime in Iran, was blacklisted in the 1990s for carrying out a large number of attacks over several decades against Iranian and American targets.


Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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