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Iranian Rebels Surrender to U.S. Military in Iraq

Iranian rebels in Iraq began surrendering to the U.S. military on Sunday under a deal that effectively ends the heavily-armed People’s Mujahideen as a fighting force. The U.S. military in Iraq said in a statement on Sunday the decades-old group agreed at high-level talks that within a week all of its thousands of fighters would be detained by U.S. troops at its largest rebel base, Ashraf. The Mujahideen, labeled terrorists by Washington, also accepted all of their heavy weapons, including tanks, rocket launchers and artillery guns, would be placed in a desert base near the Iranian border and controlled by U.S. troops. “In the agreement, we are not calling it a surrender or a capitulation. It’s a ‘disarmament,’ which is lawyer-speak so that the MEK (Mujahideen) don’t lose face,” Captain Joshua Felker, a U.S. army spokesman in the area of Ashraf, said. Full Story

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