The MKO’s office, located a block from the White House, was officially opened on Thursday only months after the United States formally removed the anti-Iranian group from the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.
James Jones, former national security adviser and retired general, and John Bolton, a former arms control official in the ex-US President George Bush’s administration, attended the inaugural ceremony.
On September 28, 2012, the MKO was taken off the State Department’s blacklist.
The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.
The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.
Members of the MKO terrorist group have been transferred from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, which is situated about 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran, to Camp Liberty near Baghdad Airport.