On April 8, Iraqi security forces raided Camp Ashraf, the
stronghold of Mujahadeen, Middle East Newsline reported. The opposition's political wing, National Council
of Resistance of Iran, said 34 people were killed when Iraqi security forces
attacked the camp 65 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. This marked the second
violent raid by security forces of Ashraf in less than a year.
Dabbagh said Iraq has deemed the Mujahadeen a terrorist group. He said
the raid was in response to what he called stone-throwing by camp residents.
The United States, which has been working with Mujahadeen in tracking
Iran's nuclear program, has urged Al Maliki to resolve the issue of Camp
Ashraf without violence. But Mujahadeen said the Baghdad government has
quietly allowed Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to monitor the camp
and generate instability.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran said the April 8 attack on
Camp Ashraf lasted six hours. The group said Russian-origin BMP-1 infantry
fighting vehicles fired automatic weapons into the camp.
"Al Maliki owes his office to the money, terror and intimidation that is
pumped from Teheran to Iraq," council president Maryam Rajavi said.