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U.S. military commanders have interviewed all of the camp residents and determined they posed no terror threat to the United States, but the State Department has refused to remove them from the blacklist.

The Iraqi government, in moves to improve relations with Iran, has used the U.S. terrorist designation to intimidate the dissidents and invade the camp several times.

Most Camp Ashraf residents have been relocated to another base near Baghdad International Airport.

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