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* The 1970s slaughter of U.S. military personnel and civilians working on defence projects in Tehran
* In the early 1970s, angered by U.S. support for the pro-Western shah, MEK members killed several U.S. soldiers and civilians working on defence projects in Iran.
* MEK members supported and participated in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, in which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
* The 1981 bombing of the offices of the Islamic Republic Party and of Premier Mohammad-Javad Bahonar, which killed some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei and Bahonar Support for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by Iranian revolutionaries
* The 1992 near-simultaneous attacks on Iranian embassies and institutions in 13 countries Assistance to Saddam Hussein’s suppression of the 1991 Iraqi Shiite and Kurdish uprisings
* The 1998 assassination of the director of Iran’s prison system, Asadollah Lajevardi
* The 1999 assassination of the deputy chief of Iran’s armed forces general staff, Ali Sayyad Shirazi
* The 2000 mortar attack on President Mohammad Khatami’s palace in Tehrane February 2000 “Operation Great Bahman,” during which MEK launched 12 attacks against Iran
* The series of mortar attacks and hit-and-run raids during 2000 and 2001 against Iranian government buildings; one of these killed Iran’s chief of staff
1992 US State Department Report
Bombs were the Mojahedin's weapon of choice, which they frequently employed against American targets. On the occasion of President Nixon's visit to Iran in 1972, for example, the MKO exploded time bombs at more than a dozen sites throughout Tehran, including the Iran-American Society, the U.S. information office, and the offices of Pepsi Cola and General Motors. From 1972-75, when an internal MKO upheaval and more regime arrests temporarily slowed down their activities; the Mojahedin continued their campaign of bombings, damaging such targets as the offices of Pan-American Airlines, Shell Oil Company, and British organizations. They also attacked police posts and prisons.
Tending an Oasis of Uprising
CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq — Residents of this sprawling commune an hour north of Baghdad pride themselves on their self-sufficiency. They bake their own bread, purify their own water, even make their own carbonated cola.
They spend their days tending to their gardens, sprucing up their living quarters and listening to performances of John Lennon's "Imagine." And they conduct military drills while they wait for their chance to overthrow the Iranian government.
Now its members are in political limbo, orphans of modern Middle Eastern geopolitics.
The sense of being on the front lines in the fight against an evil foe fuels an obsessive level of commitment that MEK cadres and leaders say is vital to their cause.
The men danced in a circle, chanting: "Freedom! Freedom! The hope of all Iranians!"
Mujahedeen-e Khalq: A Terrorist U.S. Ally? - Daniel Pipes
Is the MEK a terrorist group? No. It used terrorism decades ago, when its members attacked Americans. For the last 15 years, however, the MEK has been organized as an army, and its only violent actions have been directed against the Iranian regime. Unlike Hezbollah (which targets Jewish community centers and shoots rockets into civilian areas), the MEK attacks specific regime targets. Unlike the PLO (whose leaders were terrorists more recently and arguably still are), the MEK really has foresworn this barbaric tactic.
Can the MEK be useful? Yes. Western spy agencies are short on "human intelligence" - meaning spies on the ground in Iran, as distinct from eyes in the sky. Coalition military commanders should seek out the MEK for information on the Iranian mullahs' agents in Iraq.
Instead, as the U.S. Army recommends, MEK members should (after giving assurances not to attack Iranian territory) be permitted enough arms to protect themselves from their Iranian opponents. And in November, when the secretary of state next decides whether or not to re-certify the MEK as a terrorist group, he should come to the sensible conclusion that it poses no threat to the security of the United States or its citizens, and remove it from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
The Covert Iran Plan
The Pentagon officials argue that the MEK is disciplined, well-trained, and an effective lever against the ayatollahs, and could be renamed and placed under American clandestine guidance.
According to sources, the office of Doug Feith, under-secretary for policy at the Department of Defence, argued that the MEK has not targeted Americans since the 1970s, which is true, and was only put on the terrorist list by the Clinton administration as a gesture to improve relations with Iran.
I urge you to visit the link and read the entire article. It is a priceless piece of black comedy. You'll laugh so hard that tears will fall from your eyes, a fitting emulation of the tears shed by the families of the people slaughtered by this group of jolly, green-thumbed gardeners of Camp Ashraf.
Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
I guess US government sponsorship of terrorists that kill its own citizens and its allies' citizens is too run-of-the-mill these days. Ho hum...
Originally posted by DrHoracid
Expert on Iran: Subvert regime
'Work with the group that the regime dislikes the most,'' he said.
That's the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, known by the abbreviation MEK. The State Department in 1997, under President Bill Clinton, put the MEK on its terror list. Tanter said the move was an attempt to win favor with moderates in Iran.
The United States continues to hold thousands of the group's members in Iraq, under coalition supervision. MEK has been lobbying for legitimacy in Washington.
The State Department, according to The Associated Press, reported that Saddam Hussein funded MEK groups, that the MEK supported the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and that it was responsible for the deaths of Americans in the 1970s.
Tanter said he has looked into reports about the MEK and has not found credible evidence that it is engaged in terrorism. He said leaving MEK on the terror list prevents the CIA from getting direct information from the group.
Anti-Iran militants return home
More than 250 former combatants, from a group committed to toppling Iran's leaders, are among the first to test Tehran's offer of amnesty.
...31 Iranian families awaited a reunion they thought would never come. They were reuniting with sons who had joined anti-Iran militants, officially tagged "terrorists" by both the US and Iran.