Don't forget MEK. They will be playing a role in any Iranian conflict.
Just a short blurb from Wiki.
The People's Mujahedin of Iran(MEK, also PMOI, MKO) is a exile-Iranian organization that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Founded in September 5, 1965 by a group of leftist Iranian university students as an Islamic and Marxist political mass movement MEK was originally
devoted to armed struggle against the Shah of Iran, capitalism, and Western imperialism. In the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the MEK and
the Tudeh Party at first chose to side with the clerics led by Ayatollah Khomeini against the liberals, nationalists and other moderate forces within
the revolution. A power struggle ensued, and by mid-1981, MEK was fighting street battles against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. During the
Iran-Iraq War, the group was given refuge by Saddam Hussein and mounted attacks on Iran from within Iraqi territory. Government sources claim that
over 17,000 Iranians were killed by the MEK.
The group claims to have renounced violence in 2001 and today it is the main component organization of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
(NCRI), an "umbrella coalition" calling itself the "parliament-in-exile 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 according to the British Broadcasting Corporation "they were disarmed in the
wake of the US-led invasion and are said to have adhered to a ceasefire."
The United States, Canada, Iraq and Iran have designated the MEK a terrorist organization. On January 26, 2009, following what the group called a
“seven-year-long legal and political battle”, the Council of the European Union removed the MEK from the EU list of organizations it designates as
I've been to Camp Ashraf which was a refugee camp for these folk. I never understood how the US Government could say they were a terrorists
organization and at the same time provide a base of operations.
Iraq at the moment is actively shutting them down now.
edit on 27-3-2012 by TDawgRex because: (no reason given)