Iran exiles ask UN, US protection in Iraq after rocket hit

By REUTERS
February 28, 2013 22:04

GENEVA - An Iranian exile leader called on Thursday for swift UN and US action to prevent further attacks on Iranian dissidents in a transit camp in Iraq following a rocket strike in which at least five people were killed and many wounded.

The dissident group Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) calls for the overthrow of Iran's Shi'ite Muslim clerical leadership. The MEK fought alongside the forces of Iraq's late Sunni Muslim dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), affiliated with the MEK, made the appeal at the UN's Geneva offices three weeks after the attack on Camp Liberty near Baghdad, which houses some 3,000 MEK dissidents.

"A repetition of this crime is imminent ... An urgent solution is essential because there is an immediate threat to the lives and the security of those living there," she told diplomats and UN officials.


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