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Iranian Dissident Camp Near Baghdad Airport Shelled; Several Injured

Source: RFE/RL

A camp for Iranian dissidents near Baghdad's international airport was shelled, injuring several people, Iraqi officials and camp residents said on July 4. The bombardment set fire to several caravans in the camp, where members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran are waiting to be resettled outside the country.

Camp Liberty, Baghdad (View Larger Map)

"A number of rockets fell on Camp Liberty," Baghdad Operations Command spokesman Saad Maan said. Some 20 rockets were launched from a truck in an area west of Baghdad, some of which fell short of the camp, wounding Iraqi civilians, he said.

The Iranian dissident group blamed Iran-affiliated militias for the attack. The group sided with former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein during Iran's war with Iraq in the 1980s, but fell out of favor with Baghdad after he was toppled by a U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The group's camp has since come under attack several times and was last shelled in October, when a rocket attack killed at least 26 people.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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