MEK: Why US Is Embracing Foreign Terrorist Organization With American Blood On Its Hands

Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), is an exiled Iranian terrorist group that once was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States.

The MEK was founded in 1963 by a group of Marxists who opposed the country’s Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The MEK landed on the terrorist group list in 1997 with American blood on its hands and by allying itself with Saddam Hussein along with a long list of bombings inside Iran.

The MKO’s leadership consists of the husband and wife team of Masoud and Maryam Rajavi, with no support inside Iran. It was considered a terrorist group by the United States until 2012 and by the European Union until 2009, when it was removed from the list of terrorist organizations.

The MEK’s well financed and organised lobbying campaign has placed enormous pressure on the state department to delist the group.

The group’s rhetoric has changed from Islamist to secular; from socialist to capitalist; from pro-Iranian-revolution to anti-Iranian-revolution and from pro-Saddam to pro-American.

In 1981, the MEK attacked high-ranking officials of the Islamic Republic Party, killing 74 senior officials including the party leader and 27 members of parliament. A few months later it bombed a meeting of Iran’s national security council, killing Iran’s president and the prime minister.

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The last major act of violence committed by the group was in 1992 when it stormed Iranian diplomatic missions in the US, Britain, Canada, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

Congressional Research Service report detailed the MEK’s extensive record of the murder of Americans and Iranians.

During the Iran-Iraq war, the MKO made regular incursions into Iranian territory and fought against Iranian government forces. The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in April 2003 put an end to Iraqi financial and logistical support of the group. They were exiled first to Iraq and then to Albania. Albania houses 3,000 MEK members.

According to NBC News, MEK fighters are assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists and are being “financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service.”

“Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.”

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On the other hand, some of the former MKO members reported abuses ranging from detention and persecution of ordinary members wishing to leave the group, to lengthy solitary confinements, severe beatings, and torture of dissident members.

The MKO held its rebels in its internal prisons during the 1990s and later turned over many of them to Iraqi authorities, who held them in Abu Ghraib. Human rights abuses carried out by MKO leaders against dissident members ranged from prolonged incommunicado and solitary confinement to beatings, verbal and psychological abuse, coerced confessions, threats of execution, and torture that in two cases led to death.

On Thursday, Politico reported that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former advisor Newt Gingrich will travel to Paris on Saturday to speak at a conference of the MEK.

“Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and informal adviser Newt Gingrich are listed as headliners for Saturday’s “Free Iran” conference in Paris, organized by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq and its affiliates,” Politico reported.

Since last year, some US politicians have visited the MEK in Albania, often without any public announcement, or under cover of meeting some Albanian politicians.

The pro-MEK campaign “has seen large sums of money directed at three principal targets: members of Congress, Washington lobby groups and influential former officials”, including the GOP Congressman who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, according to the Guardian’s Washington reporter Chris McGreal.

The MEK once claimed it would dismantle Iran’s nuclear program, which has led some in the US to believe its empowerment to be a viable solution to the Iranian nuclear deal.

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