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Iraq sets deadline for Iranian exiles to leave

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government has announced an April deadline for the first time for all 3,400 Iranian exiles in Camp Ashraf to leave the country.

By that date, a plan must be in place for the exiles, and they have to approve it -- something that could cause further delays.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Wednesday that Camp Ashraf will not be closed Dec. 31 as the government said previously. He said the Iraqi government worked out a plan with the U.N. to move up to 800 of the 3,400 residents to a new facility in Baghdad by the end of December.

Al-Dabbagh said the rest of the residents would be moved out as soon as possible in January. Once they have all moved, Camp Ashraf would be closed.

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