Clashes at Iranian Exile Camp in Iraq NYT

1 08 2009

BAGHDAD — Iraqi military and police units clashed with members of an Iranian opposition group for the second day on Wednesday as security forces sought to seize control of a camp previously protected by the American military.
At least six people who lived in the camp were killed during the assault, two of whom had been shot to death, according to the Iraqi government and residents of the camp.

United States military officials said they had not been informed in advance about plans for the raid of the camp, which came as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was visiting Iraq.

The site, Camp Ashraf, is home to about 3,400 Iranian exiles committed to the overthrow of the Islamic revolutionary government in Tehran. They had been welcomed by Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran in the 1980s, but the current Iraqi government has closer ties with Iran and announced in December its intention to close the camp.

At least six people who lived in the camp were killed during the assault, two of whom had been shot to death, according to the Iraqi government and residents of the camp.

United States military officials said they had not been informed in advance about plans for the raid of the camp, which came as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was visiting Iraq.

The site, Camp Ashraf, is home to about 3,400 Iranian exiles committed to the overthrow of the Islamic revolutionary government in Tehran. They had been welcomed by Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran in the 1980s, but the current Iraqi government has closer ties with Iran and announced in December its intention to close the camp.

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Clashes at Iranian Exile Camp in Iraq


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