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Tensions high between Iraqi forces, Iranian exiles

Tensions high between Iraqi forces, Iranian exiles

A group of Iranian exiles that is resisting leaving their camp in northeast Iraq say they have been attacked by military forces, and 20 of their people have been wounded.
Gorges Bakoos, an adviser to Iraq's premier, said there was a shoving match Monday afternoon between soldiers and the Camp Ashraf residents but denied there was violence or injuries.
The camp residents are members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran. The Iraqi government calls them a terrorist group and wants to move them out of the country immediately.
Both sides said Monday's scuffle broke out when hundreds Ashraf residents were being searched as they reluctantly prepared to move to a former U.S. military base in Baghdad.
Once there, they will wait for the U.N. to resettle them outside Iraq.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:30 GMT+08:00