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Rockets near Baghdad airport kill soldiers, Iranian refugees

Published 29/10/2015

The Iranian group lives in a former military base near Baghdad
The Iranian group lives in a former military base near Baghdad

A barrage of rockets slammed into a former military base near the Baghdad International Airport that houses an Iranian refugee group, killing more than 20 people, reports say.

Three Iraqi soldiers died. Iranian exiles said at least 20 of their people died in the attack.

Sixteen rockets hit Camp Liberty, a former US base that now houses the exiled Iranian opposition group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. Iraqi officials said at least 16 soldiers guarding the camp were also wounded while the Iranian group, known as MEK, said dozens of Iranian refugees were wounded. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rockets landed too far from the airport to disrupt commercial traffic.

This was not the first attack since Camp Liberty became home to the Iranian group, which is strongly opposed to Iran's clerical regime. Last year, the Islamic State group was said to have fired rockets near to Baghdad International Airport as it attempted to destabilise the capital.

Members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq were welcomed into Iraq by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s during the brutal war with Iran but Iraq's current Shiite-led Iraqi government, which has strengthened ties with Tehran, considers their presence in the country illegal.

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