• Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, November 13 2018:... Daniel Benjamin, who was then the head of counter-terrorism at the state department, told me that the US decided to remove the MEK from the list of foreign terrorist organisations not because it believed it had abandoned violence, but to “avoid them all getting killed” if it remained in Iraq[bold mine-DL]. After the MEK was no longer designated a terrorist group, the US ... 

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, October 31 2018:... Rudy Giuliani shills for the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) again: We strongly support the largest and most organized Iranian opposition, known as the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MEK). The MEK has no support inside Iran, and it has scant support among Iranians in the diaspora. They cannot be the “largest” opposition group when they have virtually no supporters outside the ranks ... 

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  • Saudi_Arabia_Mojahedin_Khalq_TerrorismDaniel Larison, The American Conservative, July 05 2017:... The MEK is hated in Iran for its role in the war and for its terrorism against Iranians over the years. No one genuinely interested in the freedom of Iranians would have anything to do with such a group, but of course Saudi and American hard-liners couldn’t care less about Iranian freedom. They are simply looking for ways to stoke conflict with Iran, and they see this as a way ... 

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  • Daniel Larison,The  American Conservative, January 01 2016:... The ongoing rehabilitation of the MEK is a good example of this. Most Iranians in Iran and around the world detest the MEK for good reason, but to listen to their many fans in and out of government one would think that they area democratic government-in-waiting and that cult leader ...

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Consrvative, August 15 2015:...The first one that they cite is Hugh Shelton, who recently penned an op-ed objecting to the deal while praising the virtues of the “former” terrorist group Mujahideen-e Khalq’s political umbrella organization, the so-called National Council of Resistance of Iran. It is telling that they edited the ... .

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, July 01 2015:... McCain has a long record of backing unsavory and vicious people that happen to support regime change or that share his hostility to certain other governments. He was a cheerleader for the KLA during the Kosovo intervention, he was a fan of the rebellion in Libya from the start despite the presence ...

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, June 24 2015:... In truth, the MEK has no support inside Iran and scarcely any among Iranians outside Iran. A 2013 survey of Iranian diaspora members found that less than a third of them support regime change, and just 15% support an organized opposition group. Of all those groups, the MEK was the most ...

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, May 05 2015:... The attention and praise lavished on the MEK in recent years by former officials, retired military officers, and politicians has been an embarrassing spectacle. Now the strange infatuation that many hawks have with the “former” terrorist group is spilling over ...  

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, April 09 2015:...Peter Beinart objects to Bolton’s op-ed in part because Bolton, who was a leading advocate for the invasion of Iraq, pays no attention to the possible negative consequences of a war with Iran. That’s a fair point. Hawks frequently ignore or minimize the costs and risks of the military action they’re urging ...  

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Consrvative, February 21 2015:... The MEK is neither moderate nor democratic, and it seeks only its the aggrandizement of its leaders. The group is understandably distrusted and loathed by most Iranians for its past record of hostilities against Iran, and it doesn’t speak for any of the legitimate opposition to Iran’s regime ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, July 17 2013: ... I don’t accept it, but I understand the warped logic that says that Americans should support the MEK because it hates the current Iranian government. But even obsessive Iran hawks have to recognize that siding with a group reviled in Iran for its role in the Iran-Iraq war is doomed to fail, and every high-profile American that ...

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