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Former U.S. Homeland Security official to advise UN on MKO in Iraq
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(238).jpgTEHRAN – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has named former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute as his special adviser to help with the relocation of residents of a camp of an anti-Iranian organization in Iraq to new countries, the UN said on Sunday, Reuters reported on Sunday. 
 
"Ms. Holl Lute will work with a wide range of stakeholders, in particular member states, with a view to facilitating the relocation of residents of Camp Hurriya outside of Iraq," the UN press office said in a statement.
 
The appointment of Holl Lute, who was a senior UN official from 2003 to 2009, comes after a series of attacks in Iraq on the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which Iran considers a terrorist group.   
 
More than 50 people were killed at Camp Ashraf, the MKO's previous camp in Iraq, in September in an attack the United Nations described as "an atrocious crime." 
 
Iraqi authorities have repeatedly denied involvement in the September attack, during which seven camp residents vanished. The MKO claims they were taken hostage by Iraqi forces and flown to Amara Province to be extradited to Iran. A UN expert group has urged Baghdad to swiftly investigate the disappearances.
 
The MKO, which has accused Iraqi security forces of being behind the attack, is no longer welcome in Iraq.
 
The last residents moved out of Ashraf to a new base, Camp Hurriya, in September. Camp Ashraf had housed around 100 MKO members at the time of the September attack.
 
There was also a rocket attack on Camp Hurriya on Dec. 26, which the MKO claims killed four residents and injured around 70 more. 
 
The MKO, which the U.S. State Department removed from its list of terrorist organizations last year, began a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran shortly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 
 
It fought on the side of Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war in 1980s. 
 
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