• laura_rozenbwLaura Rozen, Al_Monitor, August 20 2017:...A faction of Iran hawks in the Donald Trump administration appears to have been dealt a blow in recent days. Several officials allied with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon have been removed from the National Security Council (NSC).Among them are NSC senior director for intelligence Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was removed Aug. 2; NSC senior director for the Middle East Derek Harvey, who w

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  • Midday_AdventuresZahra Alipour, al-monitor, August 17 2017:... The film narrates events up until Feb. 8, 1982, portraying the violence perpetrated by members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), including bombings and assassinations, and intelligence agents’ efforts to identify and arrest the leaders of the group. In the years leading up to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the MEK was the largest religious organization that espoused armed resistance against the shah’s regime ... 

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  • Mahmoud Abbas Maryarm RajaviAlmonitor, July 17 2017:... Meanwhile, as Fatah-Egypt relations were hitting a new low, the Palestinian Authority sent a parliamentary delegation to take part in a conference organized by the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (Mujahedeen-e-Khalq), perhaps as a sop to Saudi Arabia, upon which Abbas depends for support. Ahmad Melhem writes, “In light of the PA’s adherence to Saudi positions on most of the ... 

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  • Effat_Marashi_RafsanjaniAlmonitor, February 04 2017:...when some of his children were arrested after being accused of collaborating with the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq [MEK], Mrs. Marashi showed strength and managed the crisis from within the Abode [of the then-supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini].” Lahouti, a revolutionary activist, had had connections with the MEK during the time of the shah. Although he parted ways ... 

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  • Iranian dissident cleric Montazeri speaks with Reuters in Qom.Arash Karami, Al Monitor, August 17 2016:... In the final months of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, the Iranian group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) launched an attack from inside Iraq against western Iran. While the attack was quickly countered, it led to perhaps the last fateful decision of the Islamic Republic under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini shortly before his death in which thousands of mostly MEK members who had been imprisoned in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolutio

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  • Arash Karami, Al Monitor, August 08 2016:... A number of Iranian analysts viewed the meeting as an extension of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry. An article in Mehr News concluded that the meeting was the result of either pressure applied by Saudi Arabia or Abbas’ “welcoming dance for Riyadh” to strengthen ties between Saudi and the PA. Despite Iran’s support for resistance groups in Palestine, the article continued, Iran has neve

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  • Fereshteh Sadeghi, Al Monitor, July 30 2016:... One anonymous source at the Iranian Foreign Ministry told the Tehran Times on July 10 that Faisal’s statements showed Saudi Arabia’s “stupidity, indecency and political frustration.” Other Iranian officials have referred to the former Saudi spy chief’s remarks as further proof of Riyadh’s “support for terrorism.” ... 

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  • Members of the Iranian Army march past President Hassan Rouhani and military commanders during a parade marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in TehranHassan Ahmadian, Al-Monitor, July 20 2016:... Turki al-Faisal Al Saud’s call for regime change in Tehran, let alone his mere participation at the July 9 Mujahedeen-e-Khalq’s (MEK) annual conference in Paris, is an unprecedented move against Iran by a high-ranking Saudi royal. Prior to Faisal’s statements at the MEK convention, the Saudi deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman,

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  • Al-Monitor, April 12 2016:... Another important question that remains to be answered is the nature of the request made by Rouhani’s security detail, which Larijani referred to. The MEK, which has been involved in numerous terrorist attacks in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, seemingly did intend to hold a rally during Rouhani’s visit. The fact of the matter is that such rallies are nothing new — the MEK has staged similar demonstrations almost every time a senior ... 

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  • Mojahedin Khalq USAAl-Monitor, October 09 2015:... The MEK was listed as a terrorist group for its alleged attacks on Americans decades ago, but was removed in 2012 following an unprecedented lobbying campaign. It is part of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and has carried out attacks against Iran. The group is still listed as such for immigration purposes by the Department ...

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  • Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor, April 29 2015:... Former ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and ex-counterterrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin told Al-Monitor that they did not want to give a platform to the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), a group that the United States considered a terrorist organization until three years ago ...

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  • Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor, April 25 2015:... Poe said he had invited Rajavi to testify about the threats the Islamic State (IS) poses to MEK members who remain at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. The NCRI has accused Iranian-backed militias of ramping up rocket attacks against the refugee camp in recent weeks. "I've heard ...

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