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BAGHDAD, (AP) – Iraq has issued arrest warrants for 39 members of an Iranian opposition group who have lived in a camp northeast of Baghdad since Saddam Hussein’s reign.

The development comes just days after American soldiers shut down their base near Camp Ashraf as part of U.S. troop drawdown.

The presence of the Iranian group, which fought alongside Saddam during his 1980s war with Iran, has long irritated Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

A senior Iraqi judiciary official said on Monday that the wanted members of the group — known as The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran — are suspected of committing crimes while helping Saddam crush the 1991 Shiite revolt.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

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