The State Department on Friday announced that it would remove Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group, from the U.S.'s list of terrorist organizations. The decision was the result of a years-long public relations campaign by MEK, which enlisted a long list of American politicians and former military and intelligence officers to argue its case. MEK had orchestrated several terrorist attacks in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s, killing several Americans, and was once allied with the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. However, the group is not believed to have carried out any terrorist attacks in recent years. The State Department's change of heart came after MEK completed the transfer of 3,000 of its members from Camp Ashraf, a camp in Iraq that has been a magnet for violence, to a U.S. base near Baghdad.
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