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MKO terrorists relocated from Iraq to Albania

The remaining members of MKO terrorist group based in Iraq for decades left on Friday for resettlement in Albania following several attacks on their camps in recent years.

More than 280 members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq Organization of Iran (MKO) living at Camp Liberty, next to Baghdad International Airport, departed from Iraq, the group said in a statement.

Under a deal brokered by the United States and the United Nations refugee agency, almost 2,000 terrorists have been resettled in nearly a dozen European countries since the start of 2016.

Until a few years ago, MKO was listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

The group sided with Saddam Hussein during Iraq's war with Iran in the 1980s but fell out of favor with Baghdad after he was toppled by a U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

A rocket attack claimed by a Shia Muslim militia in October killed 23 MKO members.

The remaining MKO terrorists in Iraq, who seek the overthrow of Iran's leadership established by the 1979 Islamic revolution, were disarmed after Saddam's fall and later moved to Camp Liberty.