US lawmakers meet with Iranian exiles in Paris

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Associated Press

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 17 at 2:34 PM

PARIS (AP) — An Iranian opposition movement that the United States recently took off its list of terror organizations has hosted a U.S. congressional delegation for the first time.

Mujahedeen-e-Khalq — the militant wing of a France-based Iranian opposition group — gave a raucous welcome Sunday to the four American lawmakers. The meeting comes after a Feb. 9 rocket attack at the Camp Liberty refugee camp in Iraq that houses many of its members. MEK officials say seven people died and dozens were wounded.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, accused Iraq of breaking its promise to help protect the 3,100 refugees at the camp.

Iraq's Shiite-led, pro-Iranian government considers MEK a terrorist group and wants the international community to speed up the resettlement of the refugees elsewhere.

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