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Iranian Camp Ashraf exiles to begin leaving Iraq camp
Source: BBC

The leader of a group of Iranian exiles living in a camp outside the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has said 400 of its residents are preparing to relocate.

The group's Paris-based leader, Maryam Rajavi, said the decision to leave Camp Ashraf was a "goodwill gesture".

It ends a tense standoff with the Iraqi government, which has repeatedly vowed to close the 25-year-old camp. <snip>

Those living in the camp, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Baghdad, were part of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), which fought alongside Iraqi soldiers during the Iran-Iraq war.

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