• 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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  • 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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  • Barbara Slavin, Voice Of America, September 15 2016:...  A Marxist-Islamist group that killed six Americans in Tehran in the 1970s and lost out in a power struggle after the 1979 Iranian revolution, the MEK fled to Iraq and supported Saddam in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. That decision earned the undying enmity of most Iranians – a fact that MEK leaders sought to conceal in their efforts to cultivate support in the United States. The MEK also helped Saddam brutally suppress uprisings by Iraqi ... 

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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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  • 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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  • Barbara Slavin, VOA, July12 2016:... Observers have long been puzzled about how the group managed to shell out $25,000 speaker fees to the likes of Gingrich, Richardson, Dean, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and others given its small basis of support within the Iranian diaspora. It’s entirely possible that the Saudis have funded the MEK for years ... 

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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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  • Iranian Revolutionary Guard (translated by al-monitor), September 02 2013: ... The Iranian government blames the MEK for acts of terrorism in the 1980s against government officials and for the assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientists over the last several years. According to the Associated Press, a spokesman for the Iraqi government confirmed that residents were killed but attributed ...

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  • Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor, April 19 2013: ... among 400 Iranian Americans chosen from 8,000 phone numbers, of the small  percentage that backs any particular group, 35% favor the reformist Green  Movement, which was suppressed by the Iranian government in the aftermath of  disputed 2009 elections; 20% like the son of the Shah, Reza Pahlavi, who lives  in exile in Maryland; and only 5% back the Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK), a cultish  faction ...

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