Last major group of Iranian exiles move to Baghdad

Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say an estimated 680 Iranian exiles have left their longtime home in northeast Iraq, the last major contingent of their group to move to a refugee camp on Baghdad's outskirts.

The U.N.'s top envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler, said the members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq made the move Sunday to the Baghdad-area Camp Liberty. Iraqi government officials and the MEK also confirmed the move.

The U.N. says the transfer is necessary for the group to be resettled outside Iraq.

Washington also has demanded the move before it considers taking the exiles off the U.S. foreign terror organization list.

The group opposes the clerical regime in Tehran. Iraq considers it a terrorist organization and wants its members to leave Iraq.

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