1245 GMT December 13, 2019
More than 280 members of the People’s Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) living at Camp Liberty, next to Baghdad International Airport, departed from Iraq, the terrorist group said in a statement, as reported by Reuters.
Under a deal brokered by the United States and the United Nations refugee agency, almost 2,000 MKO members have been resettled in nearly a dozen European countries since the start of 2016.
Until a few years ago, MKO, was listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
The group sided with Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s imposed war on Iran in the 1980s but fell out of favor with Baghdad after he was toppled by a US-led invasion in 2003.
“This final round of departures marks the successful conclusion to the process of relocating members of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) outside of Iraq,” it said.
The UN refugee agency also confirmed that all the remnants of the group had left the Arab country.
"The international community has now successfully achieved the relocation of all Camp Hurriya (Liberty) residents from Iraq to third countries,” said William Spindler, the spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Friday.
On August 25, another 155 members of the group, including a number of its senior leaders, fled Iraq for Albania.
Iraqi leaders had long urged MKO remnants to leave the Arab country, but a complete eviction of the terrorists had been hampered by the US and European support for the group.
The MKO, the most hated terrorist group among the Iranians, has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials over the past three decades. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, about 12,000, including many top officials, have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.