Baghdad, 9 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S.-backed Iraqi Governing Council today announced it is expelling the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq, or the People's Mujahedin. In a statement, the council called the group a "terrorist organization," and said its members will be thrown out of Iraq by the end of the year. The statement said the group's premises will be shut down and its assets frozen.
Some members of the People's Mujahedin surrendered to invading U.S. forces earlier this year, and are being held in camps in northern Iraq. The group was allowed to operate in Iraq under the regime of deposed President Saddam Hussein.