Some 3,500 Iranian dissidents in Iraq - members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) opposed to Iran’s current government - are protesting their transfer to a new camp on the outskirts of Baghdad, complaining the site resembles “a prison”.
Shahriar Kia, a spokesman for the group, said about 800 MKO members have been moved in two batches starting on 18 February from Camp Ashraf in northwestern Iraq to Camp Liberty, a former US military base close to the international airport in Baghdad. But the remaining 2,700 former fighters, who have been a diplomatic challenge for the government, are refusing to be transferred until “minimum guarantees” are met.
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