More than 40 remaining members of an Iranian dissident group at a camp inside Iraq have left following a disputed outbreak of violence there earlier this month. Some 50 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) were reported killed during a shooting at Camp Ashraf in Iraq's Diyala Province on September 1.
The group blames Iraqi security forces for the killings. Iraqi officials deny involvement and say an internal dispute is to blame.
Reports say 42 MKO members have now been relocated to Camp Hurriya near Baghdad airport in a move welcomed by the U.S. State Department.
Many MKO members left Camp Ashraf and relocated to Camp Hurriya last year.
Camp Ashraf, Iraq
The MKO opposes the clerical regime in Iran and was granted sanctuary inside Iraq by Saddam Hussein.
The MKO carried out a series of bombings and assassinations inside Iran in the 1980s and fought alongside Iraqi forces in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.
Since Saddam's 2003 ouster, the group's fortunes in Iraq have worsened.
The current Shi'ite-led government in Iraq has been strengthening ties with Iran and considers the MKO's presence inside Iraq to be illegal.
Based on reporting by AP
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