Mortars Hit Iran Dissident Camp in Iraq

Iraqis protested earlier this month to shut camp and boot exiles
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 11:53 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2011 2:00 AM CST
Mortars Hit Iran Dissident Camp in Iraq
Iraqi SWAT forces guard Camp Ashraf during a protest earlier this month by Iraqis calling for the camp to be closed and for its residents to be deported.   (Getty Images)

Two mortars have hit an Iranian dissident camp inside Iraqi borders. It's unclear if any of the exiles were killed or injured in the attack just days after Iraq reached an agreement with United Nations to extend a deadline to shut the camp and relocate the 3,000 people living there, reports Reuters. The US turned over control of Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahideen Organization, two years ago, but the Iraqis have said repeatedly they don't want the guerilla group on their soil. The group in the '70s led a guerrilla campaign against the US-backed Shah of Iran, including attacks on American targets. Iraqis protested earlier this month to demand the exiles be ousted. (More Iran stories.)

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