Iranian opposition detainees freed in Iraq

Iranian opposition detai

Iraq's government spokesman says a group of 36 Iranian opposition members have been freed after nearly three months in custody in Iraq. Ali al-Dabbagh says the men were returned Wednesday to Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq, where nearly 3,500 members of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran have been confined since the US-led invasion in 2003. But al-Dabbagh says that Iraq still seeks to expel the 36 former detainees to any country willing to take them. The 36 men were detained in July and supporters claimed many were on a hunger strike for weeks. Iraqi judicial authorities had ordered the men freed. The group operated for years in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The US military turned over responsibility for Camp Ashraf to the Iraqis on January 1.