Iranian Minister Threatens Exile MEK Members in Camp Liberty, Iraq

Heydar Moslehi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS),
Heydar Moslehi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS),

Heydar Moslehi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security (MOIS),

Stop Fundamentalism – In his visit to Iraq, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security (the notorious MOIS) told Iraqi officials that the Iranian opposition group, Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization or MEK, should leave Iraq immediately, reported the Iranian state-run news agency ISNA Tuesday.

Heydar Moslehi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, during his visit to Baghdad, met Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and his deputy, Khozeir Khazaei.  Moslehi also met the head of Iraqi Parliament and a number of other officials.  Some Sunni groups boycotted the visit and stated that his visit to Iraq is meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs specially considering the upcoming elections in the country.

“The fate of this group should be finalized as soon as possible,” Moslehi told the ISNA news agency in Baghdad.  He did not get into any details about how this would be facilitated.

Camp Liberty with population of 3200 Iranians, who are unarmed exile refugees, came under rocket attack last February.  8 people died as a result and some one hundred received injuries.  A pro Iranian terrorist group, affiliated to the IRGC Quds force in Iraq with close ties to Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, immediately accepted the responsibility for the attack and stated that there will be more attacks following.

Members of the MEK in Iraq had been based in a camp called Camp Ashraf until 2011.  The population of the camp came twice under attack by the Iraqi forces.  The MEK is the largest Iranian opposition group in exile that aims to overthrow the Iranian clerical regime and replace it with a democratic government.

Moslehi alleged that the MEK in Iraq is in contact with other groups and they are trying to create insecurity in Iraq and the region.

But the move by Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty did not help their security situation as threats from Iran and its affiliates in Iraq continue.  Following the attack on February 9, the security situation at camp Liberty has come under criticism and many consider the camp to be a ‘killing field’ for the Iranian dissidents confined there.