The western powers have been pressuring the UN to make it help the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) extend its presence in Iraq, political sources in Iraq said, and added that Baghdad will not swing under these pressures and will definitely expel the group from the country’s soil.
“The UN support for the continued presence of the MKO on Iraq’s soil is the result of the pressures exerted by certain influential western countries,” member of Iraq’s State of Law Coalition Adnan al-Siraj told FNA on Monday.
“Certain western countries which are hostile to Iran are using this grouplet as a pressure lever (against Tehran),” he added.
Siraj underlined that Iraq is serious about expelling the terrorist MKO members from the country, reiterating that Baghdad will soon put its decision in this regard into action.
He further underlined that the terrorist group is also a threat to Iraq’s national security, and Baghdad can no way stand the presence of this group in Iraq.
Since the beginning of this year, the Baghdad government has repeatedly assured Iranian officials and people that it is determined to expel the MKO from Iraq by the end of 2011.
MKO’s members have two weeks to leave Iraq.
Last Sunday, Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majid al-Sheikh underscored Baghdad’s serious decision for expelling the MKO from Iraq, and said the decision is irreversible.
“Based on the Iraqi government’s decision, the MKO members should leave our country by the end of 2011,” al-Sheikh told FNA, and reiterated, “The decision is irreversible and definite.”
Meantime, a report earlier this month disclosed that the main leader of the MKO, Massoud Rajavi, in remarks interpreted as informally declaring war on Iraq cautioned that he would not allow Baghdad to expel the group from Iraq, and stressed that he will keep the MKO in the country even if it costs the lives of all the group members.
According to a report published by the Habilian website, Rajavi has ordered the commanders of Camp Ashraf (the MKO’s main training center located in Iraq’s Northern Diyala province) to be ready to resist against the Iraqi forces, saying that it would not matter if all Camp residents are killed for obtaining his desired goals.
He also ordered his commanders to strengthen the military positions at the camp and in the surrounding areas by erecting numerous bulwarks and hurdles around the Camp and be ready for a war with the Iraqi government.
The MKO has been in Iraq’s Diyala province since the 1980s.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
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 also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.