The Iraqi government has called on the remaining members of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) to leave Camp Ashraf and join the rest of their peers at Camp Liberty.
Last Sunday September 1, an attack on Camp Ashraf left at least 50 members of the dissident Iranian group dead. The Iraqi governed has called an investigation into the matter and, in the meantime, has asked PMOI (MEK) members to leave Camp Ashraf.
Ali Al-Mousavi, a spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister, announced that the evacuation order has been issued and must be complied with.
The attack on Camp Ashraf has been condemned by the UN, the United States and many European countries.
The organization has accused the Iraqi government of being involved in the attack.
The PMOI members were settled at Camp Ashraf by Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iraq War, when the organization collaborated with the Iraqi regime against the Islamic Republic. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the camp came under U.S. supervision. Since the new Iraqi government took power, it has called for the removal of PMOI members from its territories, and the U.S. and the United Nations have been trying to find a place to transfer the Camp Ashraf residents.
The U.S. recently removed the PMOI from its list of terrorist groups.
Most of the PMOI members have now been moved to Camp Liberty, near Baghdad, which is to serve as a temporary stop before they are given asylum in other countries.