Displaced Iraqis Face Further Evictions

Gerrard Winstanley tony at tlio.org.uk
Tue Jun 17 11:16:08 BST 2008

Six minutes or so YouTube type film

Displaced Iraqis Face Further Evictions

Mujahideen Khalq Iran (MEK) is an organization that was established in
1965 by educated Iranians after the fall of the Shah government. In
the year 1979 the Islamic Revolution Movement (IRM) became the ruling
government of the country. IRM executed many leaders of MEK inside
Iran, and the conflict between the Iranian government and MEK became
worse. By the year 1980, many of MEK's members were executed and the
remaining members of the organization were lead by Mas'od and Merriam

In 1980 MEK moved outside of Iran to surrounding countries, such as
Iraq, in an attempt to fight back against the Iranian government. In
Iraq, they established a military base in Diyala (north of Baghdad)
and seized some buildings as offices.

After the fall of Baghdad, MEK was afraid of being removed from Iraq
or labeled as a terrorist organization. They left all the buildings
and the places used during Saddam Hussein's rule, and consolidated in
Diyala. Families from all over Iraq moved into the vacated buildings
to flee death and violence from the war.

MEK has since been recognized as not being a terrorist organization,
and wants to return to their buildings in order to reopen their
offices again. However, the current Iraqi government did not approve
the removal of families occupying the buildings, and there is no clear
sign that the families will be moved out.



1979 1980

Considered as a terrorist organization


Muslim scholar association


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