Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, September 24 2016:… Following the relocation of the last members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization in Albania, various arguments were stated by different sides. MKO’s propaganda has also been active in releasing the most absurd and surprising reaction to this relocation. The move was celebrated by the group as a “Victorious Relocation”! Regarding the background of the …
Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) relocation; victory for who?
Following the relocation of the last members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization in Albania, various arguments were stated by different sides. MKO’s propaganda has also been active in releasing the most absurd and surprising reaction to this relocation. The move was celebrated by the group as a “Victorious Relocation”!
Regarding the background of the MKO’s presence in Iraq, the claim that the move to Albania is a victory seems bizarre. In the early 1980sthe group leader Masoud Rajavi accepted the offer by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to take shelter in Iraq in order to fight against Iranians. They joined Saddam’s troops in killing many Iranians. The irony is that they killed their own country fellow men which will never be forgotten by Iranians. They considered Saddam as the enemy of their enemy so he is a friend. This is the most ridiculous statement in justifying the killing of your countrymen.
Saddam Hussein granted land, money and military equipment to the MKO. Camp Ashraf, Located 60 kilometers North of Baghdad, 120 kilometers from Iranian border, became the headquarters of the group from which they launched their military attack against their own countrymen. The MKO WAS Saddam’s fifth column and proxy force against Iran.
After the fall of the Iraqi dictator, the MKO agreed to offer the same service to the US and Israel. The MKO was a very good option for the US and Israel to launch their proxy wars against Iran and to pry the secret out of Iranian nuclear program. They also aided Israel to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists. Obviously, the MKO received a large sum and safe haven for their services by Israel and West.
Therefore, the presence of the MKO in Iraqi territory neighboring Iran has always been advantageous for the group leaders. However, it was disastrous for the rank and file of the group because they were stuck in Camp Ashraf that was occasionally attacked by the Shiits who were seeking to revenge the supporting role of the MKO in the suppression of Shiit’s uprisings by Saddam Hussein during the 1990s.
Although the members of the Cult of Rajavi –kept in the camp as hostages—were living in a hazardous area, the group leaders denied to leave the camp. The newly established Iraqi government was determined to expel the MKO but the group leaders urged to maintain their strategic container, Camp Ashraf. Ultimately, the camp was shut down by the Iraq government after several members of the group were killed in clashes between the group and the Iraqi police or Iraqi rebels.
Camp Liberty was a temporary location near Baghdad airport that hosted the MKO. Members were supposed to be resettled in third countries by the help of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the United States. In June 2013, the then UN envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler told the Associated Press that efforts to relocate residents of an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq are being stymied in part by lack of cooperation from the exiles themselves. Besides, Koberacknowledged that a major problem in resettling camp residents is a shortage of countries willing to accept them. He repeated his call for U.N. member states, including the U.S., to do more. “We do not have enough recipient countries. … There is also reluctance from the side of the Liberty residents to cooperate with the UNHCR,” he said, referring to the U.N. refugee agency. 
Finally, it was the US government that convinced Albanian authorities to receive the MKO in exchange for US dollars. The part of Albanian government to accept the formerly terrorist designated MKO was so significant that the US Secretary of State John Kerry praised the country’s “humanitarian” aid. Thus, based on what kind of calculation or philosophy one can consider the MKO’s relocation as a “victory”?
While Maryam Rajavi calls the departure from Iran’s neighboring territory “a hammer that will descend upon the ruling theocracy”, Mustafa Saadoun of Al Monitor asserts that the Islamic Republic was the winner of the recent move criticizing the Iraqi government for its failure to take more advantages from the case. “Of course, the MEK’s departure from Iraq after they had been present there for 30 years has eliminated the threat posed against the Iranian regime, since the MEK’s proximity to Iranian interests in Iraq could not have been easy for Tehran,” he writes. 
Regarding Saadoun’s argument, it should be noted that the MKO has never been a real threat for Iran because of the popular base it lacks among Iranian public. The American journalist Barbara Slavin describes the MKO as “far from democratic organization it purports to be”. She reveals the cult-like nature of the MKO,”the group is a cult that forces members to be celibate, to give up personal wealth and to show complete allegiance to Ms. Rajavi.” 
Concerning the unpopularity of the MKO, Slavin finds it hard to imagine the MKO as the alternative of the Iranian government. “Hopefully, the former residents of Camp Ashraf will be able to construct new lives outside Iraq and memories of the movement will fade,” she writes. 
The relocation of the MKO may only be a victorious move for those brainwashed members who are taken by the group leaders as hostages. They are not in the danger of rocket attacks and bombings as they suffered in Iraq. Besides, living in Europe they seem to be able to find more opportunities to escape the bars of the Cult of Rajavi.
By Mazda Parsi
 The Associated Press, AP Interview: UN Iraq rep urges exile cooperation, June 26, 2013
Saadouin, Mustafa,What’s next for Baghdad-Tehran ties as last MEK members leave Iraq?, Al Monitor, September 10, 2016
 Slavin, Barbara,State Department Removes Last MEK Members from Iraq, Voice Of America, September 14, 2016
Iran Urges Iraq to Expel All MKO Members (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, Rajavi cult)
Fars News, August 21 2015:… Qaribabadi also appreciated Iraq’s position against the MKO terrorist group, and underlined the necessity for continued efforts to expel all MKO members from the Arab country. The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead …
Iran Urges Iraq to Expel All MKO Members
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters for International Affairs Kazzem Qaribabadi called for the complete expulsion of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) terrorist group members from Iraq.
Qaribabadi made the remarks in meetings with Iraq’s judiciary and human rights officials during his two-day visit to Baghdad which started on Tuesday.
During the meetings on the first day of his trip, he underlined the necessity for joint cooperation in fighting terrorism at international circles, hailing Iraq’s campaign against the terrorist groups, specially the ISIL.
Qaribabadi also appreciated Iraq’s position against the MKO terrorist group, and underlined the necessity for continued efforts to expel all MKO members from the Arab country.
The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and western targets.
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 the 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 argued for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.
The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under the US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with the American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.
In September 2012, the last groups of the MKO terrorists left Camp Ashraf, their main training center in Iraq’s Diyala province. They have been transferred to Camp Liberty. Hundreds of the MKO terrorists have now been sent to Europe, where their names were taken off the blacklist even two years before the US.
The MKO has assassinated over 12,000 Iranians in the last 4 decades. The terrorist group had even killed large numbers of Americans and Europeans in several terror attacks before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Some 17,000 Iranians have lost their lives in terror attacks in the 35 years after the Revolution.
Iraq: No country accepts residents of Camp Liberty except Iran
Iraq al Ghanoon, Baghdad, March 02, 2015:… He replied that “the MEK has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and the United States hence has not been eligible for refugee status after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. We have however looked at their situation with the help of the Interior ministry but we have not found any …
(Translated by Iran Interlink)
Iraq: No country accepts giving asylum to the remaining residents of Camp Liberty except Iran
In an interview with Iraqi media, the Human Rights Minister of Iraq Mohammad Mehdi al Bayati also touched on the issue of the Mojahedin Khalq and the remaining people in Camp Liberty near Baghdad.
He was asked about the situation of these people. He replied that “the MEK has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and the United States hence has not been eligible for refugee status after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. We have however looked at their situation with the help of the Interior ministry but we have not found any legal basis for them to remain in this country”.
He also added “We have informed the Red Cross and United Nations in Baghdad that Iraq rejects the presence of these people and their temporary accommodation is based only on the humanitarian nature of our help”. He added that “All other countries have declined to give asylum to these people, but Iraq has approached the Islamic Republic of Iran through our ambassador in Tehran and officials there have responded that all the MEK members have been pardoned and can come back to Iran without being prosecuted. There are, of course, 50 names of the leaders of this group who do not enjoy the blanket pardon given by Iran.
Michael Rubin, Commentary, April 29 2014: … The Mujahedin al-Khalq may be a lot of things, but it is neither progressive nor is it non-violent. Progressive movements tend not to dictate to women who to marry and who to divorce. It has its roots in the same Islamist currents that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini drank from, and only abandoned the Islamic Republic when its revolutionary …
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Middle East Strategy Consultants, May 15 2014: … The Skype appearance followed a failed attempt to get Rajavi a US visa during the P5+1 negotiations on May 8. It was known that Rajavi had also applied to visit Canada, but apparently she wasn’t welcome there either, and in the end Rajavi’s speech from her headquarters outside Paris …
Brett Wilkins, Digital Journal, February 06 2014: … Ros-Lehtinen has also publicly voiced her support for Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), a then-State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization of Iranian dissidents who once assassinated numerous US officials and carries out attacks inside Iran with US and Israeli assistance. She also backs the brutal, conservative Honduran regime …
Philip Giraldi, Global Research, August 31 2014: … Supporters of MEK also ignore the fact that the group is run like a cult, routinely executes internal dissidents, and has virtually no political support within Iran. But such are the ways of the corrupt Washington punditocracy, lionizing an organization that it should be shunning. MEK’s political arm is located in Paris and …
Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest, August 24 2014: …The voices supporting the MEK are ignoring the lessons of some of the most catastrophic U.S. foreign-policy mistakes in the past few decades, urging Washington to repeat history. Overhyping the threat of an adversary and blindly supporting groups opposing it led to the creation of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan …
Rianovosty, August 11 2014: … The US had Mujahadeen-e-Khalq and they were long on the US’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. They had even killed Americans in the past etc. So, they were on the list. But now, in the last couple of years we had many of our neocon politicians ask for that group to be taken off the list, so that they could then be operated and used to destabilize Iran …
Daniel Larison, Th American Conservative, August 10 2014: …It’s important to remember that the MEK and its umbrella group are not “the main Iranian opposition” or anything like it. For one thing, the real “main” Iranian opposition is still in Iran, and unlike the MEK it is not widely loathed by Iranians. Naturally, any exile group would like foreign governments to believe that …