NATO alliance member Albania has offered asylum to over 200 members of the anti - Iranian terrorist Mujahedin - e Khalq Organization(MKO).
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said in a statement on Saturday that the government is ready to accommodate in Tirana 210 members of the MKO group “for humanitarian reasons.” He added that the Balkan country would take in the MKO members, who currently live at Camp Liberty near Baghdad Airport, upon a request from the United States and the United Nations. The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials. Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO. The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border. Members of the MKO terrorist group have been transferred from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, which is situated about 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran, to Camp Liberty near Baghdad Airport. On September 28, 2012, the terrorist group was taken off the US State Department’s terrorism blacklist. In December 2012, the Canadian government also removed the MKO from its blacklist of terrorist organizations following similar moves by the US and the European Union.