Mojahedin announced Sunday 13 April that 28 of their members have been
killed and a number of them have gone missing in clashes inside Iraq.
Similar reports have been issued by independent sources.
Ten more Mojahedin have been announced killed Monday 14 in an independent
Some of the Mojahedin are also reported to be retreating back into Ashraf
base near Baghdad and other bases, after abandoning their weapons in
Khaneqin and on other fronts.
According to military experts the casualty figures given are inconsistent
with a bombing or mortar attack which could have been launched by either
American, Kurdish, Iraqi or Iranian forces. It is much more probable that
Mojahedin forces have met in face to face conflict with Kurdish forces while
resisting and defending Iraqi military bases as ordered and forced by their
leader, and this would account for the high number of casualties and deaths.
It is also not clear what is meant by the Mojahedin claim that many members
are missing. It is not usual in a mortar or bombing attack for people to go
One possibility is that there is mutiny inside the Mojahedin with some
forces refusing to fight. Some may have run away in search of friendly
forces to whom they can surrender. Others may have been fired upon by
Mojahedin commanders for refusing to carry out orders.
Whatever the facts, it is hoped that the Mojahedin commanders will realise
that the greatest threat they and the forces under their responsibility face
is from their own leadership which has abandoned them and expects them to
fight an irrelevant and futile war to the death while they escape as a small
group to a third country.
What ever happens in the war, it would be entirely unacceptable for Rajavi
or his top commanders to add to this current list of missing or killed
combatants the names of all the people that were missing before. By doing
so, to be rid of dissenters who have caused Rajavi problems over the past
few years, and from the other side to claim their blood for his own purposes
later as martyrs to Rajavi’s cause by sending them to war with all possible
force in order to have them killed and to ‘bank’ their blood. Iran
Interlink has the names of many of these
Rajavi desperately needs these numbers for his future political ‘expenses’
whether he stays in Iraq under an agreement with the American forces (there
are already some reports that his envoys have been seen approaching Ahmad
Chalabi and his associates in Nasiriyeh) or whether he goes to another
country. He is already using these figures to make the Mojahedin’s
supporters feel sorry for them, to give them money and to put pressure on
MPs to provide them with safe houses and pass their people over various
Rajavi is fully and personally accountable for the loss of all these Iranian
lives (many of whom have no choice in refusing to fight for the residues of
Saddam’s regime) and will not be left to act with impunity in these issues.