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Government denies MeK assertion
“The attack was clearly carried out by people who are in line with policies both of the government of Iran and of Maliki. It’s a distinction without that much difference,” Mr. Katzman said. “You’ve got to ask, ‘Who dislikes the MeK?’ Obviously, pro-Iranian Shiites dislike the MeK. So I think we can safely assume that whoever attacked [Camp Liberty] was either pro-Iranian, pro-Maliki or of Shiite origin.”
“These are all people who share the same objective, which is to be against the MeK and to try to get them out of Iraq,” he said.
Iraqi security forces clashed with the Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf, the MeK’s former home north of Baghdad.
Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups operate in southern Iraq and in Baghdad. The State Department has designated one of the groups, the Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades), as a foreign terrorist group.
The MeK also said Kata’ib Hezbollah was involved in the Camp Liberty attack.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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