and Iraq - source of nuclear intelligence
3 March 2003
The Mojahedin recently held press conferences to coincide
with the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency to Iran. The
organisation announced that it has uncovered a nuclear missile programme in
Regardless of the situation of Iran, there is credible evidence that for
some time Saddam Hussein has been putting pressure on the Mojahedin to help
him divert attention away from his own problems. This is being done with
several countries, however, our expertise is specific to the Mojahedin and
Iran. The Mojahedin do not have a military role for Saddam Hussein at this
moment. However, their close relations allow him to take advantage of the
Mojahedin’s propaganda machine which has been built for exactly these kinds
of ‘rainy day’. As a non-Iraqi force he can use them as a mouthpiece to
transmit propaganda which his regime could not issue directly.
As far as can be ascertained, Iran Interlink is certain that the Mojahedin
have no significant presence inside Iran and certainly not of a sufficient
nature to have gleaned this information via their own sources. Our
estimation is that the information has been given to the Mojahedin directly
by the Iraqis for use in diverting attention away from Iraq’s own problems.
Please note that we have no ability to comment on whether the information
given is actually true or false.
This tactic by the Iraqi regime points to the nature of the relation between
Saddam Hussein and Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Mojahedin, National Council
of Resistance of Iran and the National Liberation Army of Iran.
The Mojahedin have no objection to the use of chemical weapons. The
Mojahedin were present in the south of Iraq under the command of the Iraqi
military when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers
in the Iran-Iraq war. The Mojahedin were present in Iraqi Kurdistan when
Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against the Kurdish population at
Halabje. On neither of these occasions did the Mojahedin make any comment
about the use of chemical weapons. Certainly they did not condemn or
criticise their use. On each occasion the Mojahedin were voluntarily under
the command of the Iraqi military and were therefore implicitly acquiescent
with the actions of the Iraqis.