BAGHDAD – An Iranian opposition group says a camp housing its members in Iraq has been officially closed after the last 280 residents were flown to Albania.
The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq has been based in Iraq since the 1980s, when they received arms and support from Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. U.S.-led forces disarmed the group after the 2003 invasion and settled them at a base north of Baghdad.
The group was widely reviled among Iraqis after Saddam's ouster and many members had requested resettlement to escape persecution.
The MEK was listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department for years over its killing of Americans. The MEK says it renounced violence in 2001. The State Department removed the group from its list of terrorist organizations in 2012.