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Final group of Iranian dissidents leaves Iraq camp

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization seen inside the Liberty refugee camp in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization seen inside the Liberty refugee camp in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization chant slogans and hold banners during a tour organized by the Iraqi government for foreign diplomats in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization chant slogans and hold banners during a tour organized by the Iraqi government for foreign diplomats in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization chant slogans and hold banners during a tour organized by the Iraqi government for foreign diplomats in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq organization chant slogans and hold banners during a tour organized by the Iraqi government for foreign diplomats in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iranian opposition group said Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 that 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.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.