At Tehran’s Bidding? Iraq Cracks Down on a Controversial Camp – TIME

1 08 2009
An injured man being assisted at Camp Ashraf in Iraq

Acting without informing the U.S., Iraqi troops on Tuesday, July 28, seized control of a camp of Iranian exiles ferociously opposed to the regime in Tehran. It was the most significant operation undertaken by Baghdad since U.S. troops withdrew from the cities last month and is most likely a nod to Iran’s ayatullahs, who brand the group as terrorists, as does the U.S. Yet in the convoluted politics of the region, the U.S., despite having tagged the organization on its terrorist list, had been a sort of guarantor of the safety of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) because it was the enemy of its enemy Iran.

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