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  • Iran hints at deal for al-Qaeda chief (they have mastermind of Riyadh bombings)

    05/27/2003 8:36:26 AM PDT · by dead · 19 replies · 129+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 28 2003 | Mark Forbes in Tehran
    Al-Qaeda's third-ranked leader and alleged mastermind of the Riyadh bombings has been seized in Iran, intelligence sources say. The United States has identified Saif al-Adel as the most senior al-Qaeda member linked to the attacks that killed 34 people, including one Australian, earlier this month. Intelligence sources said al-Adel, formerly Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard, approved the bombing plans before his capture by Iranian security forces nine days before the attack. Iran is thought to want to handover al-Adel to Washington, in return for senior leaders in the anti-Iranian terrorist group, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK). He would probably be deported to...
  • Rudy Giuliani: “The ayatollah must go” (16 minute video)

    06/14/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 13, 2015 | Iranncr
    FRANCE, Paris: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a Republican candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, spoke at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event was held at Parc des Expositions exhibition center. Giuliani said: "The ayatollah must go. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it. Where is our decency and morality? We have...
  • An Iranian crowd eager for democracy in Iran

    06/13/2015 10:05:14 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 3 replies
    June 13, 2015 | Keyvan Salami
    Paris – As the June 30 deadline approaches for a final nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, Iranians from all over the world overcrowded Villepinte Hall on Saturday June 13. They were Iranians from all walks of life with different tendencies, gathered in an annual meeting staged by National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The crowd wore Blue- colored shirts and stayed applauding the speakers for hours, featuring burning desire for freedom and democracy and demonstrating their desperate to topple the ayatollahs in Iran. Hundreds of figures and MPs from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and the Middle...
  • Ex-CENTCOM leader blasts Obama's Iraq approach

    09/05/2014 6:37:55 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 5, 2014 | Howard Altman
    For years, Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine General who once ran U.S. Central Command, blistered the administration of George W. Bush for its handling of Iraq. Now Zinni is teeing up on President Barack Obama's approach in Iraq, saying he is "worried" by Obama's cautious approach to the current crisis and the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. "My God, we are the most powerful nation in the world," says Zinni, who was widely reported to have been passed over for the ambassadorship to Iraq in 2009 by Obama. "This is a moment we have to act. How many Americans getting...
  • Mandela’s Legacy Lives on in Iranian Resistance

    12/10/2013 11:12:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 10, 2013 | Ivan Sheehan
    On Tuesday the International community will recognize International Human Rights Day and reaffirm the fundamental truths enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Five days later, world leaders will gather to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape. With the unforgiving spotlight on human rights issues and the moral courage of those who speak truth to power, it promises to be a difficult week for despots the world over. No more so is this the case than in Tehran where the clerical elite promotes...
  • Barack HUSSEIN Obama Acts As A Shield For Islamic Regimes: Iranian Freedom Fighters Exposed His Hand

    11/25/2013 2:46:14 PM PST · by AdinaF · 7 replies ^ | July 28, 2013 | Adina Kutnicki, Israel
    Many moons ago – at least in the time frame of too many ADD-afflicted westerners – the Islamist-in-Chief was immersed, as usual, in perpetual campaign mode and golf jaunts, all the while Iranian freedom fighters were slaughtered in their streets. Barely 4 years have passed since the leader of the free world ignored their pleas, as Iranians begged for assistance to remove the boot of the mullahs via the so called “twitter revolution“. Obama Inc’s national disgrace is amply described within the above Washington Times Editorial. It goes without saying, the Islamist-in-Chief has no interest in freeing the Mid East...
  • Profiles in Courage— Iranian Hunger Strikers in Iraq; Freedom Riders in American South

    11/23/2013 12:25:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 23, 2013 | Raymond Tanter
    Will President Obama show courage and save Iranians who seek a soft revolution in Iran? With the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination on November 22, words from Profiles in Courage, cross paths with past, current, and future upheavals. They include a soft revolution in America, Arab revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, and a prospective revolution in Iran. Iranian dissidents held in prison-like conditions in Iraq are the true profiles in courage. Just like few dreamed that freedom riders and sit-in demonstrators would ignite the civil rights movement, it seems inconceivable that suffering of a few might ignite...
  • UN official: Iranian exiles’ deaths a wake-up call

    09/13/2013 1:11:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 11:59 AM EDT | Adam Schreck
    The killing of dozens of members of an Iranian dissident group that the Iraqi government wants out of the country should be “a wake-up call” to the international community, the acting U.N. envoy to Iraq said Friday as he pressed countries to do more to find them homes abroad. Members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which is strongly opposed to Iran’s clerical regime, were welcomed into Iraq by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s during the brutal war with neighboring Iran. … A disputed Sept. 1 shooting at their longtime home in Camp Ashraf killed 52 MEK members—roughly half of the camp’s remaining...
  • UN team visits Iran exile camp hit by killings (Mujahedin-e-Khalq in Iraq)

    09/02/2013 6:40:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2013 9:11 AM EDT | Adam Schreck
    A United Nations investigative team on Monday visited a contentious Iranian dissident camp in Iraq where multiple residents were killed the previous day in unclear circumstances, as the Iraqi government pledged to launch its own probe into the bloodshed. The facts of what happened at Camp Ashraf are in dispute, including the number of those killed and how they died. … A statement issued by (Iraqi PM Nouri) al-Maliki’s office said the Iraqi government is committed to ensuring the safety of people living within its borders, although it also “stressed the necessity of transferring the MEK (Mujahedin-e-Khalq) members who are...
  • Iran dissidents in Iraq, accused of rights abuses, slam UN envoy

    07/16/2013 7:57:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert
    -excerpt- "A significant number of residents have reported to U.N. monitors that they are not free to leave the camp, to participate in the resettlement process offered by UNHCR, to contact family members outside Iraq, or to have contact with other relatives even within the camp itself," he said, referring to the U.N. refugee agency
  • Diary Of An MKO Rent-A-Crowd Demonstrator

    06/28/2013 6:06:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Kyrgyz student Alina Alymkulova recounts how she was recruited to travel from Prague to Paris to attend a rally for the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an Iranian opposition movement in exile. -excerpt- I was in Prague listening to music online and checking news on social media when an advertisement caught my eye. It offered a weekend trip to Paris, a city I always dreamed of visiting at least once during my lifetime. The price was amazingly cheap -- round-trip by bus and bed and breakfast at a four-star hotel would cost me only 35 euros ($46). I wrote to the...
  • AP Interview: UN Iraq rep urges exile cooperation

    06/26/2013 8:01:00 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    The United Nations envoy to Iraq said Wednesday that residents of an Iranian dissident camp are denied freedom of movement by the exile group, and that efforts to relocate them outside Iraq are being stymied in part by lack of cooperation from the residents themselves.
  • The Paradox of the PMOI

    10/03/2012 3:47:06 AM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 3, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One simple word which encapsulates the sum of the aspirations harbored by Iranians throughout the world, both those in exile and those living, and suffering, in the land of their birth. It was one of the demands invoked repeatedly throughout the pro-democracy demonstrations which took place last week at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. These protests were held against the backdrop of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s last speech before the United Nations General Assembly, evoking memories of the election he purloined in order to remain in power.
  • Here's the Video of Newt Gingrich Bowing to the Leader of an Iranian Terrorist Group

    07/07/2012 8:28:17 PM PDT · by James Thomas · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 2, 2012 | Max Fisher
    The former speaker of the house traveled to Paris last week to speak to an Iranian exile group led by Maryam Rajavi, who also heads an officially designated terrorist group called MEK.
  • Are the MEK’s U.S. friends its worst enemies?

    03/13/2012 6:16:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    For years, a slew of advocates - many of whom have been paid for their services -- have flooded U.S. airwaves on behalf of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization opposed to the Iranian regime. After months of difficult negotiations, the MEK has finally begun moving out of its secretive Iraqi home near the Iranian border, called Camp Ashraf. But the group's American advocates have now become a major obstacle in the international effort to move the MEK to a new home in Iraq and avoid a bloody clash with the Iraqi military, officials say. U.N....
  • Treasury probes Rendell over speeches for Iranian dissidents

    03/11/2012 12:13:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/9/12 | Guy Taylor
    The Treasury Department’s counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a long-time Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates of an Iranian opposition group designated as a terrorist group by the State Department. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell told The Washington Times that Treasury investigators last week subpoenaed records related to payments he has accepted in exchange for public speaking engagements. Mr. Rendell is among a bipartisan group of prominent former officials - including Cabinet-level Republicans - who have accepted payment in exchange for speeches calling for the removal of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) from...
  • Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News

    02/09/2012 4:33:06 AM PST · by John W · 99 replies ^ | February 9, 2012 | Rock Center with Brian Williams
    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. The group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980.
  • Report: US Officials Say Israel Backing 'Terrorists'

    02/09/2012 8:51:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    inn ^ | 2/9/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    A report by NBC claims Israel's Mossad is backing an Iranian terror group in an assassination campaign against Iranian nuclear assets. US officials say deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident armed, funded and trained by the Mossad, an NBC report claims. It is widely believed the The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) has killed five Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007, and may have destroyed a missile research and development site. The attacks have been conducted in a dramatic fashion,with motorcycle-borne assailants often attaching small magnetic bombs to the exterior of the victims’...
  • A Humanitarian Catastrophe at Ashraf Spells Political Catastrophe for the White House

    12/18/2011 10:00:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2011 | Henrick Hermansson
    U.S. troops are set to completely withdraw from Iraq on the 31st of December. That is also the date for another more ominous deadline: al-Maliki's government has ordered what looks to be a bloody attack on innocent political refugees on that very same day, despite strong condemnations from human rights groups, parliamentarians, and journalists from around the world. Maliki's order to empty Camp Ashraf, which will no doubt lead to a massacre, came after his meeting with the Iranian leader Khamenei. Dispersion of the camp residents no doubt will resemble what happened to the Jewish community during the Second World...
  • Obama's Iran Appeasement Syndrome

    08/31/2011 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 30, 2011 | Tom Tancredo
    Calling President Obama’s approach toward Iran “bad policy” is like calling a rotten egg a failed omelet. The Iranian regime is an avowed enemy of the US and the West by virtue of its stated goals and its violent actions. The Iranian government’s visceral, unmitigated hatred of the United States and its hostile intentions are manifest in every speech by President Ahmadinejad and every edict from the mullahs of the ruling Islamic High Council. No American should doubt that Iran is at war with the US and the West and will escalate its hostilities as new weapons and new resources...
  • An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends

    08/14/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 13, 2011 | Elizabeth Rubin
    A FEW weeks ago I received an e-mail from an acquaintance with the subject line: Have you seen the video everyone is talking about? I clicked play, and there was Howard Dean, on March 19 in Berlin, at his most impassioned, extolling the virtues of a woman named Maryam Rajavi and insisting that America should recognize her as the president of Iran. Ms. Rajavi and her husband, Massoud, are the leaders of a militant Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen Khalq, or Warriors of God. The group’s forces have been based for the last 25 years in Iraq, where I...
  • Camp Ashraf to be shut: Iraq president

    06/25/2011 7:01:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert
    Iran and Iraq have formed a joint committee with the Red Cross to shut down Camp Ashraf in Iraq which houses thousands of outlawed Iranian opponents, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday. “The camp will be shut down by the end of this year,” Talabani said on the sidelines of a counter-terrorism summit in Tehran, the official Irna news agency reported. “For this, a tripartite committee has been set up by Iraq, Iran and the International Red Cross to make decisions and follow up on necessary measures to shut down the camp of this terrorist group,” Irna quoted him as...
  • Lobbying for Terrorists

    06/15/2011 12:18:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    American Enterprise ^ | June 15, 2011 | Danielle Pletka
    The Hill reported on Sunday that the U.S.-designated terrorist group the Mujahedin e Khalq (aka the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, aka the National Council of Resistance) has acquired lobbying help from Democratic powerhouse Akin Gump to support its removal from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list. To be fair to Akin Gump, plenty of GOPers have taken up cudgels for the MEK, though the direct cash payoff to them is less clear. The MEK has for years lobbied aggressively via a myriad of front groups to be taken off the terrorism list. Shrewd lobbyists, they have moved well beyond...
  • Iraq—A Province of Iran? Once America Leaves, Tehran Will Take Control.

    05/10/2011 6:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/10/2011 | Daniel Pipes
    After American forces leave Iraq at the end of 2011, Tehran will try to turn its neighbor into a satrapy (i.e., a province, a satellite state), to the great detriment of Western, moderate-Arab, and Israeli interests. Intense Iranian efforts are already underway, with Tehran sponsoring militias in Iraq and sending its own forces into Iraqi border areas. Baghdad responds with weakness — with its chief of staff proposing a regional pact with Iran and top politicians ordering attacks on the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian dissident organization with 3,400 members resident in Camp Ashraf, 60 miles northeast of Baghdad. The MEK...
  • Gates Urges 'Restraint' as Iraqi Forces Allegedly Attack Iranian Dissident Camp

    04/08/2011 8:37:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/08/11
    Gates Urges 'Restraint' as Iraqi Forces Allegedly Attack Iranian Dissident Camp BAGHDAD – Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the Iraqi government on Friday to "show restraint" after security forces stormed an Iranian opposition refugee camp that had long existed under the protection of the U.S. and its coalition partners. "We have been monitoring the situation at Camp Ashraf in Diyala," said Gates after a visit with American troops in Iraq. "We are very concerned with reports of deaths, of injuries resulting from this morning's clash between Iraqi Security Forces and the MEK. I urge the Iraqi government to show restraint...
  • Ex-Officials Say They Were Paid To Attend Pro-MEK Events

    03/04/2011 5:17:30 PM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    TPM ^ | Mar. 4, 2011
    Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton (D) and former CENTCOM Commander Anthony Zinni told the Inter Press Service that they were paid to appear at recent events supporting the MEK, an Iranian opposition group currently considered a terrorist organization by the State Department. Hamilton and Zinni are among the many big time former government officials and military leaders who have appeared at recent pro-MEK events sponsored by a group called Executive Action, LLC. (The events true organizers remain unclear, Executive Action's CEO Neil Livingstone would only tell TPM they included Iranian American groups.) Speakers at the events have portrayed the MEK...
  • What’s Behind the Campaign to Delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization?

    03/04/2011 5:13:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    A growing number of former U.S. officials — both Republicans and Democrats — have hopped on the bandwagon to demand that the State Department delist the Mujahedin al-Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of terrorist groups.I consider the MKO a terrorist group for good reason. There is no doubt that the MKO has targeted Americans, and no amount of slick public relations should erase that. During my time in Iran, it was clear that while Iranians respect the United States and have little good to say about their own government, they all detest the MKO.The enemy of my enemy...
  • Washington's dangerous (and deluded) support for the MEK

    03/02/2011 4:08:33 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 2, 2011
    With the rumblings of fresh protests in Tehran after over a year of relative quiet from the opposition, some members of the US congress, along with several other former officials, appear to be again dreaming of the possibility of a post-theocratic Iran. One significant sign is their renewed push to have the People's Mojahedin of Iran (also known as the MEK) removed from the State Departments list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. Echoing this sentiment last month, former Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli of New Jersey, in an event designed to raise support for the MEK's removal from terror list, asked...
  • MEK Is Not Part of the Iranian Opposition!

    01/27/2011 5:57:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Jan. 20, 2011 | Manda Zand Ervin
    In recent reports, the Washington Times has misinformed the public about the Iranian group MEK. Here are the facts. The Times foreign service reports that a group of prominent U.S. Republicans associated with homeland security just spoke to a forum of cheering Iranian exiles in Paris. The exiles demanded that the Obama administration remove the Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK) Iranian opposition group from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, and that the U.S. incorporate it into efforts to overturn the mullah-led government in Tehran. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, former White House...
  • Iran Has Nuclear Warhead Plants In Tehran: Exiled Opposition

    09/25/2009 1:47:46 AM PDT · by Strategy · 19 replies · 1,721+ views
    AFP ^ | September 24, 2009
    PARIS (AFP) - Iran's exiled opposition movement said Thursday it had learned of two previously unknown sites in and near Tehran that are being used to build nuclear warheads. "Resistance sources have managed to uncover two centres that work directly on nuclear armaments and which were until now kept secret," Mehdi Abrihamtchi of the People's Mujahedeen told reporters in Paris, where his group is based. "They are places for research and production of detonation systems which is a major part of the mullah's atomic bomb project," he said, adding that his organisation had passed on the information to the UN...
  • Camp Ashraf

    08/22/2009 8:46:57 PM PDT · by azadi4iran · 26 replies · 1,212+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 22, 2009 | Editorial
    In a letter to a British parliamentarian last month, a senior State Department official insisted that the United States was “doing its utmost” to ensure that Iraq’s government would treat 3,400 Iranian exiles living at Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq “humanely.” Two weeks later, a clash between the exiles and Iraqi police left 11 Iranians dead, and 36 were taken into custody by Iraqi forces. Americans troops had guarded the camp since 2003, but recently handed over responsibility to Iraqi forces. Baghdad promised that the exiles would be protected. There is no authoritative version of events, but it does not...
  • Iraq acknowledges deaths at Iran exile camp

    07/30/2009 12:44:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeJen · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2009 | Mohammed Abbas and Tim Cocks
    Iraq's government acknowledged on Thursday that seven Iranian exiles were killed when Iraqi forces took control of their camp this week north of Baghdad. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh earlier denied anyone died in the clashes between Iraqi forces and protesters who tried to block their entry into Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran Iraq, Iran and the United States call the dissident group a terrorist organization. Iraq's Shi'ite Arab-led government wants to close the camp and send residents back to Iran or to a third country. Dabbagh, on Thursday, said seven people had died but disputed...
  • Iraqi forces storm MKO camp

    07/30/2009 4:53:42 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 24 replies · 2,945+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Tehran Times Political Desk
    TEHRAN/BAGHDAD - On Tuesday, Iraqi soldiers and riot police stormed Camp Ashraf, where Mojahedin Khalq Organization members had been based, triggering violent clashes that left at least 260 people injured. Iraqi officials say clashes broke out as they were trying to establish a police post in the camp. “After the failure of negotiations with the Mojahedin (Khalq) to enter peacefully, the Iraqi army entered Camp Ashraf with force and it now controls the interior and all entrances to the camp,” an Iraqi military source said. An Iraqi army spokesman in Diyala said two battalions of 400 soldiers each plus 200...
  • Thousands in France rally to back Iran exile group

    06/20/2009 6:23:18 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 16 replies · 634+ views
    AP ^ | 35 mins ago | AUDREY HOROWITZ
    Thousands in France rally to back Iran exile group By AUDREY HOROWITZ Associated Press Writer Posted: 06/20/2009 05:50:11 PM PDT VILLEPINTE, France—Thousands of people gathered north of Paris on Saturday to support Iranian opposition protesters and an Iranian exile group pushing to be rid of a terrorist label. Crowds spilled out of buses and filled the fairground in Villepinte under drizzly skies. Organizers said 1,000 buses were hired to bring protesters from around France and Europe, including legislators from several countries. The rally was organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Organizers said 90,000 people turned out. Police...
  • Seven accused of aiding Iran group will appeal: ACLU

    04/30/2009 7:24:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 700+ views
    TurkishPress ^ | Apr. 30, 2009
    Seven Iranian-Americans who pleaded guilty to raising funds for a US-designated terrorist group made the plea so they can appeal their case before a higher court, a civil rights group said Thursday. The six men and one woman entered the guilty pleas Wednesday, paving the way for a swift judgment in August. They had been indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles in 2001 on charges of providing funds to the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. But after the eight-year legal battle, the American Civil...
  • Iran Attacks Camp Ashraf in Iraq with Missiles

    07/08/2008 9:22:37 PM PDT · by FARS · 151 replies · 668+ views
    AntiMullah & Sources Inside Iran ^ | Jluy 8th, 2008 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Sources from inside Iran have advised that earlier today, July 8th, the Islamic regime has fired missiles at, and sent mortar shells into Camp Ashraf, where the Mojaheddin (MEK) in Iraq are sequestered.
  • BBC: Iran exiles back armed opposition-Tens of thousands of supporters of Iranian opposition ....

    06/28/2008 6:06:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 161+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 28 June 2008 23:57 UK 22:57 GMT, | Hugh Schofield In Paris
    Iran exiles back armed opposition By Hugh Schofield In Paris France, as the incoming EU president, will have to decide whether to respond Tens of thousands of supporters of the Iranian opposition have attended a rally in France organised by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. It is calling for the lifting of international bans on their movement's armed wing, the People's Mujahideen. The US and the EU list the wing as a terror organisation, although Britain lifted its own ban in the past week. The Iranian opposition leader said banning the People's Mujahideen played into the hands...
  • Iran's Troubling Opposition

    06/26/2008 2:06:39 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 63+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2008 | AMIR TAHERI
    On Monday the British parliament removed the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) from the U.K.'s list of banned terrorist organizations. The decision upholds a Court of Appeals' ruling in May that there is no evidence linking the Iranian opposition group to terrorism, and that it should be free to recruit, organize and raise money in Britain. Western and Arab intelligence services have long appreciated the MEK for its sources deep inside Iran. The group was the first to provide evidence of Tehran's secret nuclear project. But the U.S. and Continental Europe shouldn't rush to follow London's move. Although the People's...
  • Iranian dissidents urge immediate nuclear checks

    02/21/2008 5:04:04 AM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 135+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | February 20, 2008 | David Brunnstrom
    BRUSSELS - An Iranian opposition group called on Wednesday for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to immediately inspect facilities in Iran which it said were at the core of an accelerated nuclear weapons programme. The National Council of Resistance of Iran dismissed a December U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that Tehran stopped trying to make a nuclear warhead in 2003, shortly after the group first revealed the country's nuclear enrichment activity. It charged that Iran had established a new command and control centre for the programme coded-named Lavizan-2 at Mojdeh on the southeastern outskirts of Tehran last April, near the site of...
  • Iran's Majlis Elections Neither Free Nor Fair

    02/04/2008 10:22:58 PM PST · by globalpolitician · 79+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 2/5/08 | Mark Williams - UK Member of Parliament
    <p>It is with optimism that I usually regard elections. Win or lose, they are an opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard, but an exception to this will be the Iranian "elections" this March. Elections in Iran are neither free nor fair. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rise to the Presidency in 2005 serves as a striking example. Even by the regime's own pre-poll records, Ahmadinejad was not even close to first place. So how does a previously-unheard-of Revolutionary Guards commander with no proven success in politics and no pre-poll showing get more than 50 percent of the votes in an election widely boycotted by the vast majority of the Iranian population? Simple. He doesn't.</p>
  • One-on-one with Iran's opposition

    11/07/2007 5:09:25 PM PST · by humint · 1 replies · 100+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 7, 2007 | John Hughes
    Provo, Utah - The head of the Iranian opposition group in exile that supplied early intelligence on Iran's clandestine nuclear program says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has engineered a clever disinformation campaign to convince foreign experts that Iran is eight to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb. But in fact, she says, the regime is less than two years away from producing such a weapon, as part of its plan to "create an Iranian empire" in the Middle East. In a wide-ranging weekend telephone conversation from her base of exile in Paris, Maryam Rajavi told me that Mr. Ahmadinejad...
  • Group claims Iran has agents in Iraq (National Council of Resistance)

    01/26/2007 9:09:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 386+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/07 | Jamey Keaten - ap
    PARIS - Iran has thousands of paid operatives working in neighboring Iraq, an Iranian opposition group based in France claimed Friday. The National Council of Resistance's allegations could not be independently verified. A press officer at the Iranian Embassy in Paris, speaking on condition of anonymity because of embassy policy, called the claims "completely false" and said Tehran supports stability in the region. The council is the political wing of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, deemed a terrorist organization by the United States. Mohammad Mohaddessin, who heads the foreign affairs committee, alleged that thousands of Iraqis are working on Iran's...
  • Woman Accused of Supporting Terror Group

    09/29/2006 10:23:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 361+ views
    AP ^ | 9/29/6 | DAISY NGUYEN
    A naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran who was found in Iraq was indicted Friday on charges of providing support to a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the Iranian regime, federal prosecutors said. Zeinab Taleb-Jedi, 51, then a resident of Herndon, Va., went to Iraq in 1999 to attend a training camp run by the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a statement. MEK, also known as the People's Mujahedin of Iran, and its affiliates were deemed foreign terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department in 1997. The designations bar anyone in the...
  • [Children of 'the Resistance'] Getting out of an Iraqi terror camp

    09/27/2006 9:43:14 AM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 314+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-27 | Stewart Bell
    Part four of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with an Iranian guerrilla group -- and now regrets it.- - - Built on seven hills north of the Dead Sea, Amman is known for its Roman ruins and bakeries that sell nutty Arab sweets, but since 2003 the Jordanian capital has also become a hub for travellers bound for the war zone in Iraq. The foreigners who converge in Amman before crossing the desert to Baghdad are mostly soldiers, contractors and journalists, but in April, 2006, a Canadian named Mustafa Mohammady arrived on a more...
  • [Children of 'the Resistance'] Father's sacrifice

    09/26/2006 5:51:49 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 377+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-26 | Stewart Bell
    A National Post investigation has found the outlawed terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq recruited teenagers in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, part three of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas -- and now regrets it.- - - At 11 o'clock in the morning on June 19, 2003, Mustafa Mohammady stopped his car on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, opened the driver's door and headed toward the French embassy. He held a gasoline canister in one hand and a lighter in the other. Two days earlier, French...
  • The recruit: How did this girl go from Toronto to a terrorist training camp in Iraq?

    09/23/2006 3:10:30 AM PDT · by Clive · 23 replies · 1,553+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-23 | Stewart Bell
    A National Post investigation has found the banned terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq recruited teens in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, we begin a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas -- and now regrets it. - - - RICHMOND HILL - The video playing on the 36-inch Hitachi television in Mustafa Mohammady's living room in the suburbs north of Toronto shows his daughter Somayeh in a paramilitary uniform, her hair tucked under a khaki scarf that's knotted at the neck. The home video has come to...
  • Ultimately, the U.S. will attack

    09/17/2006 7:38:31 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 55 replies · 2,293+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Mon., September 18, 2006 Elul 25, 5766 | Yossi Melman
    * "Israel doesn't have the military strength to attack all of Iran's nuclear installations. Only the United States can do that." * "A military strike will not solve the problem." * "A Democratic president will also face that choice but will not attack." These statements were made by Prof. Raymond Tanter of Georgetown University and the head of the Iran Policy Committee, a group that has concluded that supporting the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) is in America's interest. The MEK is a controversial Iranian militia that is opposed to the rule of the ayatollahs.However, the United States has declared it a terror...
  • Three Iranian factories 'mass-produce bombs to kill British in Iraq'

    08/20/2006 2:22:58 PM PDT · by humint · 82 replies · 2,122+ views
    telegraph ^ | 20/08/2006 | Toby Harnden in Washington
    Three factories in Iran are mass-producing the sophisticated roadside bombs used to kill British soldiers over the border in Iraq, it has been claimed.The lethal bombs are being made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps at ordnance factory sites in Teheran, according to opponents of the country's theocratic regime. Designed to penetrate heavy armour, the devices being manufactured in Iran involve the use of "explosively formed projectiles" or EFPs, also known as shaped charges, often triggered by infra-red beams.The weapons can pierce the armour of British and American tanks and armoured personnel carriers and completely destroy armoured Land Rovers, which...
  • The ghosts of the Cold War

    08/10/2006 7:30:30 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 373+ views
    asia times ^ | 10 August 2006 | Najum Mushtaq
    A core component of the United States' foreign policy since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US has been educational reform in Muslim countries to check the influence of extremist ideologies and fundamentalism. International obligations under the United Nations Security Council's anti-extremism resolutions also require curricular reform. Pakistan, as the birthplace of the Taliban and home to many a militant Islamic movement, finds itself at the center of policy debates and projects on curbing extremism and promoting "moderate Islam" through education. A growing pile of policy proposals in the United States, including a recent report from the US Institute...
  • Exiled Iranian opponent says West appeasing Iran(MeK Leader problem for Solana talks)

    07/05/2006 1:43:46 PM PDT · by remuk · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-05-2006 | Paul Taylor
    The head of an exiled Iranian opposition group accused Western nations on Wednesday of appeasing Tehran with incentives to halt uranium enrichment that she compared to moves to placate Hitler before World War Two. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said she had clear indications that Tehran would not give up its enrichment activities and that diplomatic efforts by the European Union and the United States to avert a crisis were only rewarding the Tehran government's strategies. "The further they move forward, the more concessions the West is making," Rajavi told a news conference...