Iran Thanks Iraq For Raid On Iranian Exile Camp That Has Killed 7-Huffington Post

1 08 2009

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BAGHDAD ā€” Iraqi forces clashed with an Iranian opposition group for a second day Wednesday after storming a camp north of Baghdad despite U.S. appeals not to use force against exiles protected for years by American troops.

Tehran cheered the operation, raising worrying questions about how Iraq can balance relations with its two closest allies, Iran and the U.S.

The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran claimed seven people had been killed and scores wounded, saying the standoff continued at the camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday. A police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, confirmed the casualties.

Some Iraqi government officials denied any deaths in the operation at Camp Ashraf and the casualty reports could not be independently verified. The camp is located at an arid area in the turbulent Diyala province and Iraqi authorities prevented reporters from reaching the facility.

The United States, which considers the group a terrorist organization but has insisted the camp’s residents be treated humanely, urged restraint on both sides.


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