Deadly Violence Hits Iran Exiles’ Camp Ashraf in Iraq [Photo]
Violence erupted early Sunday at a contentious Iranian exile camp inside Iraq with the UN mission in Iraq uncertain as to whom to hold accountable for the attack saying, “How, why, when? It’s difficult to assess.” The Mujahideen-e Khalq group accuse Iraqi forces of the massacre at Camp Ashraf (home to exiled Iranian opposition members) and killing at least 52 of its members – some shot in the head at close range. Camp Ashraf, initially established in the late 1980s to launch raids on Iran, was welcomed by Iraq’s then president, Saddam Hussein, who was waging a war against Iran. For their part, Iraqi officials say the attacks were due to explosions triggered by mortar fire or the detonation of a barrel of oil or gas.