US official: Plan for Iranian exiles in Iraq

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 2:37 PM

An American diplomat says the U.S. will try to broker a deal to move a threatened Iranian opposition group away from its camp near Iraq's border with Iran.

The solution would be temporary, until the 3,400 members of the People's Mujahedeen can be resettled outside Iraq. It's unclear if the government or group will agree.

The United States, like Iran, considers the group a terrorist organization. But it wants to protect members from violence. An Iraqi army attack last month killed 34 people.

Saddam Hussein gave the exiles refuge at Camp Ashraf, seeing them as an ally against Iran. But the new Shiite-led government wants them out of Iraq by year's-end as it bolsters ties with Iran.

The U.S. official demanded anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.