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Date:17 Murch 2013

Albania Offers Asylum To Opposition Iranian Group

Voice of Freedom :The Albanian government has offered asylum to 210 members of an Iranian opposition group that currently live at a former U.S. military base near Baghdad.

According to TANYUG News Agency,Albanian prime Minister Sali Berisha said Saturday after meeting with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Leaf, the U.N. envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler, and other officials that asylum was offered to the group dubbed Mojahedeen-e-Khalq(People's Mojahedeen) for "humanitarian reasons", AP has reported.

Iraq's government is eager to have the group, Mojahedeen-e-Khalq , out of the country.

The group opposes Iran's clerical regime and carried out assassinations and bombings in Iran until renouncing violence in 2001, AP points out.

Its members fought in the 1980s alongside Saddam Hussein's forces in the Iran-Iraq war.

The UN says over 3,000 group members live at the former U.S. base. They refuse to leave Iraq.

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