Iraq had expelled another Palestinian guerrilla group -- the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
SV ZOOM IN Member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Mr Abu Maher speaking in Arabic
SV PAN Audience listening to Abu Maher's speech
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Background: Iraq had expelled another Palestinian guerrilla group -- the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. On his return to Beirut, the former head of the PFLP's bureau in Baghdad told reporters why he thought Iraq had taken the action.
SYNOPSIS: Addressing a news conference on Tuesday (29 April), Abu Maher blamed the expulsion on Iraq's growing hostility towards Iran and South Yemen. The PFLP is friendly with both countries, particularly Iran.
Originally sympathetic towards the Palestinian guerrillas, Iraq has made it clear recently that they are not longer welcome there. At the beginning of April, the Iraqi government ordered the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine to close its office in Baghdad. The staff of the EFLP were given twenty-four hours to leave the country. They said they'd been told to get out because of the DFLP's pro-Soviet stance.
Iraq's government has been moving steadily away from the Soviet Union. In 1972 Moscow supplied 95 percent of its military equipment, but now that figure has been reduced to about 65 percent.