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Iraq: Time expiring for Iranian opposition group
Iraqi government says Camp Ashraf residents must leave in days; UN urges peaceful solution
By The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's government says time is running out for an estimated 1,200 members of an Iranian opposition group to move into a refugee camp outside Baghdad.

National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayadh on Tuesday accused the members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, who for years have been an irritant to Baghdad, of stalling on an agreement to move from their homes at Camp Ashraf in northeast Iraq. He said the group must move within days or his government will take matters into its own hands.

Al-Fayadh did not specify what would happen if the group refuses to leave Ashraf, where they have lived since former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein gave them the camp 30 years ago.

Top U.N. envoy in Iraq Martin Kobler urged the government to refrain from violence.

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