posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 11:31 PM
During my time in Iraq as a contractor i was at FOB Grizzly/Camp Ashraf for 5 yrs. It was part refugee camp for those that wanted to leave the MeK and
were awaiting repatriation and also to keep an eye on the remaining members.
The MeK/PMOI to me seemed more like a cult.
They're secular with a woman (Maryam Ranjavi) in charge and women make up most of the upper hierarchy. Ashraf itself is named after a female by the
IRGC. Most members are highly educated with university degrees from throughout Europe.
They keep males and females separated, married or not. And no children allowed.
They go thru constant military training and political indoctrination.
They had a huge supply of weapons. We were still uncovering and disposing of weapons caches found in bunkers at Ashraf in 2010.
The town of Ashraf was kind of "fake". It had a soccer stadium in pristine condition, never used. It had a very large park with a fish pond and a
large children's playground, but again there were no chilren. It had a mosque that looked very ornate and detailed on the outside. But when you got
up close it was a facade that looked like it was from a Hollywood set. The actual mosque was a metal warehouse type structure. It did have prayer
rugs inside, Korans, etc. There was no Imam present at the time, if they even had one. And the entire time i was at Ashraf i never heard the call to
prayer one single time.
Since Ashraf is pretty close to the Iran border, some of the MeK came and went. I'm sure they provided intel on Iran thru the their liasion office on
It was an interesting experience to say the least.
I'd say in this situation, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" has been applied.
It's kind of ironic, Bill put them on the Terrorist watch list and Hillary is taking them off.
edit on 21-9-2012 by bg_socalif because: fat fingers