MKO Nearing Death
The terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) is at the end of the road with no hope of return or survival, a senior political analyst said.
“The MKO has reached the end of its rope, and its members know well they have no opportunity either in Iran or in the foreign countries with their outdated group,” said Dr. Mohammad Sadeq Koushki in an interview with Habilian Association, a human rights NGO formed of the families of 17000 Iranian terror victims.
His remarks came as the ringleader of the terrorist group, Maryam Rajavi, has embarked on a tour to deliver speeches at the Parliaments of the European countries.
Koushki said MKO’s presence in the parliaments of the European countries is not a new phenomenon, and explained that the group is seeking to “inject hope of survival” into its followers and supporters.
“The US delisting of the grouplet from its roster of terrorist organizations could be since some of its members can be useful (for Washington) in the future,” he added.
The faculty member of the Tehran University added that the MKO’s prowling around inside the corridors of the European countries’ parliaments dates back to over 20 years ago, and said, “These vagabondages were merely done to inject hope of survival into their followers.”
Koushki underscored that the MKO “has long been expired.”
“Although some of its members have managed to take refuge in the European countries and defame the Islamic Republic of Iran, they must accept that there is no hope for them in future,” he concluded.
News reports from Camp Liberty, the transient settlement facility of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) in Iraq, said that MKO ringleaders fear that members might defect and escape from the Camp en masse.
According to a report by the Iran-based human rights Didehban Center, during the last three weeks at least 9 members of the MKO have managed to escape from Camp Liberty.
Other reports revealed that the members of the terrorist group have disobeyed the orders of Massoud Rajavi, the MKO’s main ringleader, adding that disobedience among the MKO has been on the increase recently.
Also, 300 members of the MKO refrained from signing a written commitment ordered by Rajavi to accompany the terrorist group in any future event.
Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the grouplet are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.
A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.
According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.
The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who argued for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.
The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.
In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq’s Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty which lies Northeast of the Baghdad International Airport.
Camp Liberty is a transient settlement facility and a last station for the MKO in Iraq.