US to Take Iran Group MEK off terror list
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE
September 21, 2012 “AP” – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will remove an Iranian militant group formerly allied with Saddam Hussein from the U.S. terrorism list, officials said Friday, describing a move that will infuriate Tehran and end years of high-profile campaigning from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will notify Congress of her intent later Friday, the officials said. A court order had given her until Oct. 1 to make a decision. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak about the matter.
Clinton’s decision comes just days after the last big batch of the Iranian exiles reluctantly left their decades-old paramilitary base in northeastern Iraq, relocating for now to a refugee camp outside Baghdad. The U.S. had demanded that the MEK’s 3,000 members comply with an Iraqi demand to leave Camp Ashraf as a condition of being removed from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Derided by its critics as a cult, the group has journeyed through multiple countries and the shifting alliances of the Middle East over its four-decade history. It helped Islamic clerics overthrow Iran’s shah before carrying out a series of bombings and assassinations against the Iranian regime. It then fought in the 1980s alongside Hussein’s forces in the Iran-Iraq war, but disarmed after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. And it has since suffered violent recriminations from Iraq’s new Shiite-dominated government. Continue
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Iranian Group’s Big-money Push to Get Off US Terrorist List
By Scott Peterson, Staff writer
August 10, 2011 “CSM” – – August 08, 2011 — Washington; and Istanbul, Turkey — A high-powered array of former top American officials is advocating removal from the US terrorist list of a controversial Iranian opposition group with a long anti-American history.
Many of these former high-ranking US officials – who represent the full political spectrum – have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK.
They rarely mention the MEK’s violent and anti-American past, and portray the group not as terrorists but as freedom fighters with “values just like us,” as democrats-in-waiting ready to serve as a vanguard of regime change in Iran. Some acknowledge that they knew little about the group before they were invited to speak and were coached by MEK supporters.
See also: – US Openly Supports Iranian Terrorists: The U.S. Government is now openly supporting the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian resistance movement designated as terrorist organization by the US State Department.
- ‘US to drop Iranian MEK group from terrorist list’ (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- US to take Iranian militant group off terror list (timesofisrael.com)