Iraq´s Chalabi assures Iran of crackdown on Mujahadeen (WORLD TRIBUNE) BAGHDAD, Iraq 11/10/05)
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BAGHDAD ó Iraq has pledged to crack down on the Iranian opposition as
part of its security cooperation with Teheran.
Officials said the Baghdad government planned to eliminate the
presence of the Mujahadeen Khalq, the leading Iranian opposition
group. More than 4,000 Mujahadeen members have been housed in
military camps in eastern Iraq since the toppling of the Saddam
Hussein regime in 2003, Middle East Newsline reported.
"We will no longer permit the members of that terror organization to
create problems for Iraq´s good neighbor, Iran, from Iraqi soil and
we are quite determined to confront them effectively," Iraqi Deputy
Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi said.
Chalabi has held talks in Teheran in an attempt to forge closer ties
between Iran and Iraq in the political and security realms. He said
Iraq would implement a new anti-terrorism law that would end the
activities of the Mujahadeen.
"In accordance with Iraq´s Anti-Terrorism Law, no armed group or
organization which is in the list of world terrorist organizations,
including the MKO, can remain armed in Iraq as of the date the law
takes effect," Chalabi said.
The law was expected to take effect in mid-November. So far, the
United States has refused to deport the thousands of Mujahadeen
members to Iran, where they face prosecution.
Chalabi´s assurances come in wake of numerous demands by Teheran for
the extradition of Mujahadeen fighters. Iran has blamed the
Mujahadeen for numerous bombings and other attacks in Iranian cities.
Teheran has also accused the U.S.-led coalition of encouraging Arab
and Kurdish unrest in western Iran. Iran said British Army units
helped train insurgents in the Arab revolt in the southeast province
of Khuzestan in 2005.
"Iraq would no longer be a ground for launching attacks against any
of its neighbors," Chalabi said. (Copyright © 2005 East West
Services, Inc. 11/10/05)
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