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Attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq kills one

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:47 GMT
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Feb 9 (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and 20 wounded in a rocket attack on an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq's capital Baghdad early on Saturday, an Iraqi interior ministry spokesman said.

The dissident group Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) said six people including a woman died after its camp was hit by mortars and missiles while the United Nations mission in Iraq said it was aware of a number of deaths.

MEK calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical leaders and fought alongside the forces of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

It is now seeking to recast itself as an Iranian opposition force but is no longer welcome in Iraq under the Shi'ite Muslim-led government that came to power after U.S.-led forces invaded and toppled Saddam in 2003.

The attack struck the group's base in the former U.S. military compound "Camp Liberty" in the western part of the capital, where most of the group was relocated by Iraqi authorities last year.

MEK was formally removed from the U.S. State Department's official list of terrorist organizations last year. (Reporting by Raheem Salman and Isabel Coles; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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