Iraq denies halting services to camp of Iranian exiles


AP

BAGHDAD–An Iranian dissident group is accusing Iraqi authorities of cutting off water and electricity to a contested northern camp for Iranian exiles, a charge the Iraqi government denies.

The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq dissident group says authorities cut off the services to Camp Ashraf in northeast Iraq more than two weeks ago, and alleges that Iraqi forces are now hauling off pieces of the water system.

Georges Bakoos oversees the issue for the Iraqi government and on Sunday dismissed the dissident group’s allegations as “propaganda.” He acknowledges there are occasional power cuts at the camp but says that is no different from other parts of Iraq, where the electricity supply is spotty. Baghdad wants to shut Camp Ashraf and move remaining residents to a Baghdad-area camp before relocating them abroad.