Iraqi source says the US is aiding terror group MKO in its operations

Posted on April 5, 2011 by

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The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.

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People of Iran protests Mujahedin (PMOI, also MEK, MKO) (Persian: سازمان مجاهدين خلق ايران sāzmān-e mojāhedin-e khalq-e irān) is a militant socialist organization that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic government of Iran.

Founded in 1965, the PMOI was originally devoted to armed struggle against the Shah of Iran, capitalism, and Western imperialism. The group officially renounced violence in 2001 and today it is the main organization in the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an “umbrella coalition” parliament-in-exile that claims to be dedicated to a democratic, secular and coalition government in Iran. The group has had thousands of its members for many years in bases in Iraq, but “they were disarmed in the wake” of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and “are said to have adhered to a ceasefire.”

Considerable controversy surrounds the issues of whether the NCRI is merely a front group for the PMOI; whether the NCRI is involved in terrorism, or if it is “a legitimate dissident organization fighting for democracy in Iran” whose Western accusers are attempting to use as a bargaining chip in negotiation with its enemy the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The PMOI’s armed wing is, or was, called the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA). The Iranian government officially refers to the organization as the Monafeqin (literally, “Hypocrites”), maintaining that PMOI is not truly Islamic.

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