The Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq (search) (MEK) was given safe haven for decades by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to launch attacks against his enemy Iran, but now the 4,000 members remain in limbo.

After Saddam's defeat at the hands of the U.S.-led coalition last year, the group signed a cease-fire with the U.S. military agreeing to remain holed up in their main location, Camp Ashraf, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The MEK is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government and the Iraqi Governing Council (search), the predecessor to today's Iraqi government, abruptly ordered the MEK to be deported months ago.

But that order passed unfulfilled and now they await a decision by the new government who, along with the U.S., has remained mum on the topic. The limbo has worked in the group's favor because Washington has said they cannot be sent back to Iran where they would face certain persecution.

Relatives of the Camp Ashraf (search) detainees are taking nothing for granted and in April collectively retained a well-known law firm to petition the U.S. government for extended protection.

Meanwhile, events in Iraq have given more optimism to MEK supporters that a new government will welcome them. A couple of weeks ago, thousands of local Iraqis, including a governor, came to the camp to show their support.

Go to the video box at the top of this story to watch a report by FOX News' Teri Schultz.