Iraq owns data showing al-Qaeda, MKO close links

Iraq owns data showing al-Qaeda, MKO close links
Sun Jul 14, 2013 14:21:55

Iraqi government has documents indicating links between anti-Iran Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) and al-Qaeda in Iraq, a former Iraqi security official has said.

Shirvan al-Waeli, who was Iraq’s minister of state for national security and is now a Lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, told al-Alalam, that the government has obtained documents that show the MKO terrorists and al-Qaeda ringleaders maintain regular ties in Iraq.

The Iraqi legislator criticized slow process of withdrawal of the anti-Iran terrorist grouplet from Iraq, calling for an end to the the security dilemma for Iraq.

Waeli said criticized those officials in Iraq who supported presence of the terrorist group in the country reminding them of numerous crimes committed by the MKO against Iraqis in Baath era and after the invasion of Iraq by US-led forces.

Baghdad has urged greater cooperation from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to remove MKO terrorists from the country.

The MKO -- listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community -- fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.

The group is notorious for carrying out numerous acts of terror against Iranian civilians and officials, involvement in the bloody repression of the 1991 Shia Muslims in southern Iraq, and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the country's north under Saddam.

In December 2011, the United Nations and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, in Diyala Province to Camp Liberty -- a former US military base near Baghdad International Airport.

Tehran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the terrorist group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.



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