Iraq FM: 200 former MKO members exit Iraq
Press TV, February 17, 2008
Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad has managed to secure the departure of 200 former MKO members from Iraq.
These people who had previously distanced themselves from the cult demanded Iraqi officials to allow them to leave Iraq, Zebari said in a news conference.
He didn't elaborate on whether the former members have returned to Iran or have been relocated to a third country.
Zebari called the MKO a 'complicated problem' for Iraq and said the issue has gotten out of hand due to the support the organization receives from multinational forces.
The foreign minister said the government is still trying to regain control of Camp Ashraf from the MKO which is being supported by the US military.
According to reports 3,400 members of the Rajavi cult are still in camp situated in Diyala Province, 100 kilometers west of the Iranian border and 100 kilometers north of Baghdad near Khalis.
The terrorist group targeted Iranian government officials and civilians alike in Iran and abroad during the early 1980s, killing in excess of 3,000 people. The group also attempted an unsuccessful invasion Iran in the last days of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.
Incidents linked to the group include the June 1981 bombing of the offices of the Islamic Republic Party which led to the killing of 72 high-ranking Iranian officials including Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohmmad Beheshti and tens of Majlis deputies.
The following August the group also assassinated President Mohmmad Ali Rajae'i, Prime Minister Javad Bahonar and National Police Chief Ali Dastgerdi at the Prime Ministry building.
Iraqi FM: Some 200 MKO members leave Iraq
IRNA, February 17, 2008
Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Saturday that some 200 members of the outlawed grouplet called Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) have left Iraq in recent days.
Speaking to reporters, he said the Iraqi government with the cooperation with UNHCR had already prepared grounds for the expulsion of the grouplet.
MKO has become a complex issue for Iraq, he said.
The grouplet has the support of the multinational force stationed in Iraq which is beyond control of the Iraqi government, he said.
Iraqi government is to take control of Ashraf garrison as the main headquarters of the grouplet and erect shelter in the east of the country, he said.
Iraqi government is to form a special committee to follow up the issue of MKO, said the minister.
Also read Human Rights Watch report on Mojahedin Khalq Organisation:
(Mehdi Abrishamchi and Massoud Rajavi taking orders from Saddam's head of secret services)
(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, cult leaders)
(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)
(Rabbi Daniel Zucker with Maryam Rajavi!)
(A cult session in Ashraf Camp Iraq - under the protection of Saddam)
(Chemical attack on Halabche, Kurdistan, Iraq)
(In the streets of London with Lord Corbett!!)
(MKO members in European Countries 2003)
Understanding Mojahedin Activity from a Cult Perspective (Anne Singleton, June 2007)
State Department's Report on Mojahedin Khalq Orgainsation, Rajavi cult headed by Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi
Anne Singleton interview with BBC Radio about Rajavi cult headed by Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi
Anne Singleton interview with SUN newspaper
EU keeps Mojahedin Khalq Organisation on terror list after review
Proscribed terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organisation attack the Seminar on
Open Letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - Questions arise over appearance of Mojahedin cult terrorists in Europe
Mojahedin Khaq (Rajavi cult headed by Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi) hired actors for their demonstration
Scott Ritter on Target Iran: The Truth About the White House Plans for Regime Change
Massoud Rajavi, Maryam Rajavi, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Mehdi Abrishamchi, Mojahedin Khalq leaders
Employee True Face. Background of a Fox News Analyst (Iran-Interlink, February 2004)