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BAGHDAD (AP) – U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker says the Iraqi government has promised it won’t forcibly evict an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s era.

The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran fears Iran is pressuring Iraq to expel its members.

Iraq’s government has taken over national security from the Americans under a new agreement. But the U.S. Embassy has said American forces remain at the group’s base.

Crocker tells the U.S.-funded Alhurra TV station in an interview broadcast Saturday that the Americans consider the group to be a terrorist organization.

But he says the Iraqis have provided assurances that members won’t be forcibly sent to a third country where they fear for their safety.