Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, October 16 2016:… In spite of American promises, no de-radicalisation programme is in place to deal with over 2500 members of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group who have relocated to Tirana from Iraq. The MEK has a long history of violent and criminal activity. This has not stopped now they are in Tirana. Unless the Albanian government introduces its own programme, it must accept …
Albania: What would a de-radicalization program for the Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) involve
By Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh
In spite of American promises, no de-radicalisation programme is in place to deal with over 2500 members of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group who have relocated to Tirana from Iraq. The MEK has a long history of violent and criminal activity. This has not stopped now they are in Tirana. Unless the Albanian government introduces its own programme, it must accept responsibility for the consequences of allowing this terrorist group to continue unchecked.
What would de-radicalisation involve? Firstly, we need to understand how the person became radicalised in the first place. This knowledge will allow us to help them. A fundamental principle is that they were not radicalised by logic but by a manipulative process which is in part mental and part emotional. For this reason, they cannot simply be sat down and argued out of their beliefs with counter-narratives.
A brief overview of the process of radicalisation for any group – far-right extremists, Islamists and cults – starts with deceptive recruitment. The group uses a ‘recruiting script’ (which we recognise as the ideology) to first entice or ‘hook’ the recruit’s interest. Whether this is done in person or online, the recruiter will be an expert manipulative persuader – think hard sales.
Once drawn into the group’s sphere of influence by their engagement with the ‘ideology’, the person is covertly subjected to a range of psychologically manipulative mechanisms. These are intended initially to throw them off balance and trigger an infatuated, even altruistic response to the group and its beliefs. It is important to remember that as long as the recruit remains unaware of this psychological manipulation they will have complete faith in the ideology and the leader who proselytises it. They sincerely believe they are part of a righteous movement and their companions are worthwhile and trustworthy people.
As the recruit becomes more committed to the group, they are deliberately separated from external references and influences, such as work and studies, until they become dependent on the group for all their needs and opinions. A fundamental aim of radicalisation is to separate the recruit from their family and friends (even when they are also involved) since these are the people whose emotional ties can pull them away.
As dependency is being achieved, the recruit’s emotional responses begin to be trained, not by logic or argument but through fear. The outside world is depicted as dangerous, alien and worthless. This fear is described by experts as a ‘cultic phobia’. The recruit is afraid of what might happen if they leave the group and go back to normal life. Also to prevent this happening, the recruit and his group are made to feel they are superior to outsiders because they are the ‘true believers’.
Even though every group’s externally declared belief system or ideology is different, once the recruit has succumbed to the process of mind control, the ideology changes and becomes ‘whatever the leader wants’. All further indoctrination and manipulation is designed to make the recruit obedient to this one requirement.
When we talk about radicalisation, we tend to focus on how the process creates a violent extremist. Of course, violent extremist and terrorist groups de-sensitise their followers to horror. They will ensure they have no social, moral or religious barriers to committing any act, whether violent or criminal or self-harming.
But such groups also exert control over every other aspect of their members’ lives, including sex and relationships. Daesh, for example, uses both marriage and sex slaves to reward and motivate its fighters. It also kills with impunity anybody trying to exit the group.
Indoctrination therefore is often based on the idiosyncrasies of the leader.
Surprisingly, even though his group is committed to violent regime change, Massoud Rajavi’s primary concern was to have all his MEK followers love and worship him. Perhaps less surprisingly he also wanted all the women to be sexually available for him.
He achieved this by introducing obligatory celibacy starting with forced divorces and removal of all the children. He reinforced this regime through strict gender apartheid. He coerced elective hysterectomies among the leading women members as a demonstration of their ‘devotion to the cause’. The outward reasoning being that women who reject marriage and children will be more committed. The real reason was so that Rajavi could sleep with these women without fear of pregnancies.
To prevent people enjoying sexual responses and emotions, he introduced a compulsory confessional process. This requires every member to give a daily report about their sexual thoughts, reactions and even dreams. Anything confessed is denounced as a betrayal of the leader and is punished. But not confessing anything is also punished. Members often invent reports which they hope will lead to less harsh punishment.
The significance of this unnatural focus on sex and enforced celibacy is the effect on its victims. One MEK member has already been convicted in Tirana for the attempted rape of an 11-year-old boy. We should know if this is a one-off aberration or an indication of deeper problems among the members. An effective de-radicalisation programme would need to take these issues into account.
In essence, the key to successful de-radicalisation is to help individuals reconnect with their authentic self and emotions.
For the MEK, immediate short-term steps would include:
· Separate ordinary members from leaders and controllers – remove all forms of organisational supervision.
· Create small independent living groups responsible for their own domestic affairs – cooking, cleaning and shopping.
· Encourage families to get in contact.
· Introduce external sources of information in an informal way.
· Offer paid work opportunities which are age and ability appropriate.
· Introduce medical and psychological support workers.
One problem is the age of the MEK members. Many are too old to imagine starting independent life away from the group. In this respect, contact with their families would provide reassurance that an alternative lifestyle is possible.
In the longer term, the involvement of former members – who understand what it’s like inside the group and can talk to current members about their situation and how change is possible – has already proven to be helpful.
Mojahedin khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) at war with each other, seek help from PM Edi Rama
Impact newspaper, Tirana (Albania) September 30 2016:… Estranged families of Mojahedin Khalq members seek PM Rama’s help to meet loved ones The arrival of the Mojahedin-e Khalq in our country has exposed the divisions between the members and their leaders, and now it seems their only hope is to find help from Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama. Some family members of the members of the terrorist organization Mojahedin-e Khalq from the province of Ilam in western Iran have sent a letter …
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Mujahidin khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) at war with each other, seek help from PM Rama
Estranged families of Mojahedin Khalq members seek PM Rama’s help to meet loved ones
The arrival of the Mojahedin-e Khalq in our country has exposed the divisions between the members and their leaders, and now it seems their only hope is to find help from Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Some family members of the members of the terrorist organization Mojahedin-e Khalq from the province of Ilam in western Iran have sent a letter to Prime Minister Rama. They have asked him to help them meet with their loved ones because the leaders of the MEK do not allow such meetings.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Prime Minister, Mr Edi Rama
We are some families of Mojahedin-e Khalq members. We live in Ilam Province, Iran. The names of our loved ones are listed at the end of this letter. These are people who, some years ago, were deceived by the empty promises of MEK leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. Our loved ones were thus sent to Iraq and each of them have, for over 20 years, been separated from their families and placed under physical and mental captivity and are living under severely restrictive measures.
They are also deprived of any contact with their families by telephone or through correspondence. Many times we went to Iraq to make contact with our loved ones. We faced all the difficulties of travelling to Iraq and the dangerous situation in that country and have gone to the gates of MEK camps Ashraf and Liberty. We asked that our loved ones could meet with us. But, unfortunately we were faced with insults, curses and abuse on the part of the Mojahedin-e Khalq leaders. Each time we returned to our homes disappointed, without meeting with our loved ones.
Now we ask you, the honourable Prime Minister of Albania, to help us by creating opportunities to meet with our loved ones. We hope that this letter will be read personally by you, the Prime Minister of Albania and that you will enable us to rejoice with our children. It is in your power to help us and grant us our request.
We express our sincere appreciation.
Ali Asghar Barani
Muxhahedinët në luftë me njëri-tjetrin: kërkojnë ndihmën e Edi Ramës
Ardhja e muxhahedinëve në vendin tonë ka sjellur edhe përçarjen me njëti-tjetrin dhe me krerët e tyre, dhe siç duket tanimë shpëtimin e vetëm e gjejnë tek kryeministri ‘dashamirës’ shqiptar Edi Rama.
Disa familje të anëtarëve të organizatës terroriste Moxhahedine Khalk nga provinca Ilam në perëndim të Iranit në një letër dërguar kryeministrit të Shqipërisë Edi Rama, kanë kërkuar që të takohen më bijtë e tyre, sepse ata në letër kanë përmendur se krerët e këtyre organizatave nuk ua lejojnë atyre takimin me familjarët e tyre.
Teksti i letrës është si në vijim:
Kryeministri i nderuar i Shqipërisë
Z. Edi Rama
Ne jemi disa familje të anëtarëve të grupit Moxhahedine Khalk nga Irani, provinca Ilam, që emrat e tyre po i shënojmë në fund të kësaj letre. Këta bijë tanë disa vite më parë janë mashtruar me premtimet boshe të Marjam Ghaxhar Ezodanlu dhe të Masud Raxhavi, liderit të Organizatës Moxhahedine Khalk. Fëmijët tanë janë dërguar në Irak dhe secili prej tyre kanë mbi 20 vjet që janë ndarë nga familjet e tyre dhe janë futur nën robërinë mentale dhe fizike dhe po jetojnë nën masa të ashpra kufizuese. Ata janë privuar edhe nga çfarëdo lloj kontakti me familjet e tyre me anë të telefonit ose nëpërmjet letërkëmbimit. Ne, shumë herë kemi shkuar në Irak për tu takuar me fëmijët tanë duk përballuar të gjitha vështirësitë e rrugës dhe situatës së rrezikshme në atë vend dhe kemi shkuar pranë kampit të Organizatës Moxhahedine Khalk në Ashraf dhe Liberti ku kemi thirrur fëmijët tanë nga afër, mirëpo për fat të keq jemi përballur me fyerje, sharje dhe keqtrajtime nga ana e krerëve të Organizatës Moxhahedine Khalk. Çdo herë jemi kthyer mbrapa në shtëpitë tona pa u takuar me fëmijët tanë dhe të zhgënjyer. Tani kërkojmë nga kryeministri i respektuar i Shqipërisë që të na bëjë një të mirë neve duke krijuar mundësitë që të takohemi me fëmijët tanë! Ne shpresojmë që këtë letër do ta lexojë personalisht kryeministri i Shqipërisë dhe të na mundësojë të çmallemi dhe gëzohemi me fëmijët tanë, sepse ne e dimë që kryeministri i Shqipërisë ka të gjitha mundësitë që të na plotësojë kërkesën tonë!
Shprehim falënderimet tona më të sinqerta për kryeministrin e respektuar të Shqipërisë!
Ali Asghar Barani
Iranian Opposition Ex-Fighters ‘Transferred to Albania’ (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
Fatjona Mejdini, Balkan Insight, Tirana (Albania), September 20 2016:… The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is a controversial resistance group. Founded in 1965 as a left-leaning opposition to the Shah’s regime, it turned against the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution. The US listed it as a terrorist organisation in 1997 but it was removed from the blacklist in 2012 after it renounced violence. Several thousand of its members left Iran for Iraq, where former dictator Saddam Hussein, used them …
Iranian Opposition Ex-Fighters ‘Transferred to Albania’
Iranian media reported on Thursday that a plane has flown 155 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (People’s Mujahedin of Iran), an exiled opposition movement that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic in Iran, to Tirana.
The Fars news agency claimed that a total of 676 of the organisation’s members are scheduled to be transferred to Albania this month.
The Albanian Interior ministry didn’t deny the report, although it refused to specify the number of People’s Mujahedin of Iran members expected to be transferred to Albania during August.
“The Albanian government has an agreement signed in 2013 for the accommodation of the group so we are continuously expecting them to come to the country in accordance with it,” an interior ministry source.
The agreement is believed to have been signed with the US, and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran members are believed to have been transferred to Tirana from Camp Liberty in Iraq.
The interior ministry source said that it was not allowed under the agreement to give the numbers of those arriving as this was considered a sensitive information gave the risks involved.
In March 2013, former Prime Minister Sali Berisha disclosed part of the agreement in an official statement after meeting the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Barbara Leaf, and the UN envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler.
At the time, the government said it had offered asylum to 210 members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
After that, no more information about the agreement or the opposition fighters’ arrival has been officially released.
Voice of America reported in February this year however that the number of People’s Mujahedin of Iran members coming to Albania might be as many as 3,000.
“In the last two years, Albania has accepted around 1,000 members of this group, and according to a high official of State Department, the country has promised that is going to accept also 2,000 others,” wrote journalist Pam Dockins in an article for Voice of America after she was part of the press entourage accompanying US Secretary of State John Kerry to Tirana on February 14.
Dockins’ article also said that during the visit, Kerry thanked the Albanian government for its effort in the taking the Iranians, although the issue was not publicly mentioned while he met the country’s political leaders.
The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is a controversial resistance group. Founded in 1965 as a left-leaning opposition to the Shah’s regime, it turned against the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution.
The US listed it as a terrorist organisation in 1997 but it was removed from the blacklist in 2012 after it renounced violence.
Several thousand of its members left Iran for Iraq, where former dictator Saddam Hussein, used them as a tool against the Iranian regime.
After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, alliance forces offered the Iranians protection. Since then, about 3,000 have lived at Camp Ashraf while others were sheltered at Camp Liberty near Baghdad.
Polemikë e madhe pasi MEK nuk mund të provojë nëse lideri Massoud Rajavi ka vdekur apo është gjallë
.Gazeta Impakt, Tirana, Albania, August 21 2016:… [Huffington Post article ‘Grand Controversy as MEK can’t prove leader Massoud Rajavi is dead or alive’ translated into Albanian language. Published by Gazeta Impakt. The death of Massoud Rajavi announced by the Saudis coincides with the mass transfer of radicalised MEK members from Camp Liberty to Tirana. The issue of Rajavi’s death has had an existential impact inside the MEK. Iran-Interlink]…
[Huffington Post article ‘Grand Controversy as MEK can’t prove leader Massoud Rajavi is dead or alive’ translated into Albanian language. Published by Gazeta Impakt. The death of Massoud Rajavi announced by the Saudis coincides with the mass transfer of radicalised MEK members from Camp Liberty to Tirana. The issue of Rajavi’s death has had an existential impact inside the MEK. Iran-Interlink]
Polemikë e madhe pasi MEK nuk mund të provojë nëse lideri Massoud Rajavi ka vdekur apo është gjallë
Mbledhja e madhe e Maryam Rajavit në Paris më 9 Korrik është shpallur si premtim i saj i ndryshimit të afërt të regjimit .
Në fakt kjo u kthye në një polemikë të madhe të një lloji tjetër. Propoganda e këtij viti reklamon aftësitë propaganduese të Rajavit në mënyrë që të sigurojë fonde të vazhdueshme nga pasanikët e ndryshimit të regjimit. Ky vit ishte ndryshim dramatik për shkak të prezencës së panjoftuar të princit Turki al-Faisal, ish-ambasadori i Saudisë në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar dhe SHBA. Sigurisht, jo një person që e fton nga një listë e agjensisë së folësve.
Këtë vit, përfshirja e Princit Turki ndryshoi gjithçka për MEK-un. Dhe jo pak, pasi perceptimi i publikut të Arabisë Saudite si një regjim shtypës, sidomos për gratë. Turki këmbënguli që pikëtakimi të lëvizë nga Villepinte në Bourges për arsye sigurie. Më pas ai urdhëroi ndryshime në planin e skenës dhe panelit të folësve. Papritur, dikush tjetër ishte në krye të detyrës së eventit. E patrembur, madje edhe e kënaqur që kishte një të ftuar kaq prestigjoz, Maryam Rajavi e hapi mbledhjen duke lëvduar bashkëshortin e saj Massoud Rajavi. “Dashtë Zoti ta mbrojë luanin vigjilent të përjetshëm” lajmëroi ajo duke u drejtuar nga fotoja e tij e vënë në vend. Kjo pritej. Megjithëse ai u zhduk vetëm përpara se forcat aleate të sulmonin Irakun në 2003, Massoud Rajavi njihej si lideri aktual i Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK-NCRI është emri i parë i MEK-ut), gruaja e tij ishte e dyta në detyrë.
Kur ishte radha e Princit të Saudisë të fliste, ai i bëri me shenjë Maryam Rajavit të ulej me pjesën tjetër të audiencës dhe të dëgjonte, në të njëjtën kohë duke u siguruar që ajo nuk do të fotografohej me të në asnjë moment. Turki, ish koka e inteligjencës së Saudisë me të cilën ai është akoma i përfshirë, është një operator mendjehollë famëkeq. Si Ambasador në Washington ai bindi disa Amerikanë se 9/11 nuk erdhi nga Saudija por nga Irani.Ai dihet që nuk del kurrë nga skenari. Kështu që, nuk ka dyshim se kur ai lajmëroi për të dytën herë vdekjen e Massoud Rajavi, nuk ishte një gabim. Fjala ‘marhoum’- e cila kuptohet si një shprehje ngushëllimi nga folësit Arab- tingëlloi rëndë, dhe kështu ishte qëllimisht pjesë e fjalisë së tij.
Deri në atë moment Maryam Rajavi ishte e pavetëdijshme. Mungesa e reagimit herën e parë, ai iu kthye direct asaj dhe i tha ‘marhoum Massoud Rajavi’, tregon se ajo nuk e kishte kuptuarçfarë ishte thënë. Herën e dytë e kuptoi, pasi dha një buzëqeshje. Im,Është e qartë se Turki nuk ishte konsultuar me MEK paraprakisht për përmbajtjen e fjalimit të tij. Dhe në qoftë se ai do të kishte bërë gabim, kishte shumë kohë ta ndreqte pastaj.Ai nuk e ndreqi.
Atëherë, çfarë do të thotë kjo? A ka vdekur Massoud Rajavi? Dhe në qoftë se po, pse nuk e di bashkëshortja e tij, dhe në qoftë se e di, pse nuke thotë? Dhe më e rëndësishmja, pse princi Turki e bëri këtë lajmërimnë publik gjatë eventit më të rëndësishëm të MEK-ut?
Megjithëse mbështetja e Saudisë për MEK i përket kohës së Saddam Hussein, lidhja nuk u be asnjëherë publike. (Ky është tregues se MEK ka përdorur AL Arabiya si zëdhënës për vite dhe sidomos muajt e fundit.)Analistëve ia mori mendja se Princi Turki mori pjesë në mbledhjen e MEK-ut në mënyrë që të shpallte veten si kryetar të grupit.
Pas rënies së Sadam Hussein-it, MEK kishte nevojë për shpatulla të reja. Massoud Rajavi shiti shërbimet e grupit Izraelitëve, neokonservatorëve dhe sigurisht Arabisë Saudite. Ja pse ne pamë MEK-un tek përdorte negociatat bërthamore P5+1 me Iranin. Sapo u arrit marrëveshja, retorika kundër-Iranit ndryshoi drejt abuzimeve të të drejtave njerëzore. Për fat të keq, puntorët e grupit, kanë bërë histori në këtë aspekt, me Human Rights Watch dhe RAND Corporation duke bërë të njohur të drejtat e njeriut dhe abuzimet e kultit që po bëhen në MEK. Si një ballafaqim i rremë, grupi është fyer kaq shumë nga iranianët saqë ka tërhequr vetë opozitën.
Me ngritjen e Daesh dhe grupeve dhe gangsterëve të dhunshëm në Siri dhe Irak, MEK zbuloi mundësitë reja. Maryam Rajavi bëri përçapje për paqe për Ushtrinë e Lirë Siriane. Për ca kohë, dukej sikur MEK do të mund të përdorte një bazë të re në Shqipëri- forcë mjaft e radikalizuar në Kampin Liberty, Irak, po transferohen momentalisht – në një kamp lehtësues. Ideja ishte të mundësonte trajnim dhe logjistikë grupeve të reja terroriste nga një vend në cep të Europës, por pranë Lindjes së Mesme. Kjo u bllokua kur ekspertët shqiptar e ekspozuan në kanalet kombëtare.
Ngjarjet në Lindjen e Mesme kanë ndryshuar. Arabia Saudite ka dalur në ballë dhe fsheh konfliktet ushtarake kundër Iranit që janë sekret i hapur në rajon. Por pasi u la në baltë nga Shtetet e Bashkuara, arabëve i janë dashur të kërkojnë aleatë të tjerë në këtë përpjekje. Ndërkohe, Turki e di shumë mirë se MEK nuk është asgjë më shumë se një makineri propogande dhe irrituese për Iranin, kjo është më mirë se hiçgjë.
Shfaqja e Turki-t në mbledhje sinjalizon se kushdo që përpiqej t’i bënte keq Rajavit-hamendësohet shërbimet perëndimore intel- ia kanë dorëzuar saudive siç bënë në 1986 kur Rajavi u përjashtua nga Franca dhe iu dorëzua Saddam Hussein-it për ta ndihmuar në luftën kundër Iranit.
Massoud Rajavi, naiv siç është ai, mendoi se do t’i fitonte pozitat e vjetra dhe do të punonte në projektet e reja për sauditët. Në vend të kësaj, ekspertët e MEK-ut besojnë se Maryam Rajavi do ta ketë kuptuar mesazhin e Turkit kështu:”Nuk ka drejtues të vjetër, ata nuk janë më. Jam vetëm unë.Dhe intel-i i Saudise nuk do t’ju trajtojë ashtu siç bëri Sadami. Në atë kohë ju kishit forcë luftarake në Irak gati për të sulmuar Iranin. Tani e drejta juaj e vetme është propoganda. E as nuk do t’ju trajtojmë ju me butësi ashtu siç kanë bërë MB ose SHBA.
Dhe kështu ju e kuptoni pozitën tuaj si skllavi joni. Unë sapo lajmërova vdekjen e bashkëshortit tuaj. Tani, harroje të mos i bindesh komandave të mira. Vdekja e tij aktuale mund të rregullohet lehtësisht.’
Nëse Rajavi ka vdekur ose po e vrasin tani, kjo nuk dihet- vetëm aim und t’i përgjigjet kësaj – por ai dhe e gjithë organizata e tij tani janë,me mish dhe shpirt, në duart e afta të Princit të Saudisë. Në qoftë se ai është akoma gjallë, roli i vetëm i Rajavit është të veprojë si ndërmjetës dhe të udhëzojë gruan e tij se çfarë duhettë bëjë ajonë emër të Saudisë. Sauditë, ashtu si Saddam Hussein, i shikojnë gratë me rëndësi të barabartë me delet dhe dhitë. Kështu që do të ishte e paperceptueshme që ata të merren vesh direct me të ashtëquajturën liderja feministe e grupit, shërbimet e së cilës po i paguajnë ata.
Ditët kanë kaluar që kur Polemika e Madhe u ndërpre. Reagimi MEK-ut pas mbledhjes ishte gati histerike. Ata dërgonin mesazhe ne vende ku normalisht nuk do të flisnin –VOA dhe BBC Persi –për të theksuar përtej dyshimit se Rajavi është akoma gjallë. Përveç kësaj, MEK nuk ka mundur ta vërtetojë të vërtetën. Kështu që dikush po gënjen.
Fakti është se askush jashtë MEK-ut nukdo t’ia dijë nëse Rajavi është gjallë apo vdekur. Por për ndjekësit realitetii errët i së ardhmes po merr fund. Në qoftë se MEK nuk mund ta provojë- me zë apo paraqitje- që lideri i tyre është gjallë, ose të njoftojë se ai ka vdekur, kjo do të thotë që egjithë organizata ka vdekur. Në qoftë se ata nuk mund t’i përmbahen kësaj detyre të thjeshtë, si mund të premtojnë ata ndryshimin e regjimit?/ Gazeta Impakt
The death of Massoud Rajavi
US charter flight transferred 155 Mojahedin Khalq terror commanders to Albania
Press TV, August 28 2016:… At least 155 members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), including a number of the group’s senior leaders, have reportedly fled Iraq to Albania. A US passenger plane transferred the MKO terrorists, who had been holed up in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, early on Thursday, Didehban Strategic Institute reported. Several high-ranking officials of the MKO terrorist group, possibly its …
At least 155 MKO terrorists flee Iraq to Albania: Reports
At least 155 members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), including a number of the group’s senior leaders, have reportedly fled Iraq to Albania.
A US passenger plane transferred the MKO terrorists, who had been holed up in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, early on Thursday, Didehban Strategic Institute reported.
Several high-ranking officials of the MKO terrorist group, possibly its ringleader Massoud Rajavi, were reportedly on board the US plane.
An arrest warrant had been issued for the terrorists by the Iraqi government and they fled the country with fake identities and passports.
Didehban also quoted informed sources in Iraq as saying that the US plane had had no other passenger but the MKO terrorists.
There is still no word if any MKO member remains in Camp Liberty but the terrorists’ departure has been reportedly facilitated by the United States, the United Nations and with the cooperation of Saudi Arabia.
There is a deep-seated resentment toward MKO in Iraq because of its criminal past. The group widely supported former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his brutal crackdown on opponents.
The terror group also sided with Saddam during his 1980-1988 war on Iran.
Iraqi leaders have long urged MKO remnants to leave the Arab country but a complete eviction of the terrorists has been hampered by the US and European support for the group.
The terrorist group had to flee Iran shortly after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 after carrying out a spate of assassinations and bombings which took the lives of many top officials and civilians.
In December 2011, the UN and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province to Camp Liberty, which is a former US military base.
The last group of the MKO terrorists was evicted by the Iraqi government in September 2013 and relocated to the camp to await potential relocation to third countries.
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.
What does it mean when we say ISIS operates as a mind control cult?
Massoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, October 01 2015:… Those camps, often far from the inhabited world, are important in the process. That is where the recruit changes in to a suicide bomber, Khodabandeh concludes. The technique used to brainwash someone only works if you have a place where you are able to isolate people from the family and acquaintances …
What does it mean when we say ISIS operates as a mind control cult?
The world is waking up to the fact that some kind of brainwashing is involved in the ISIS campaign to recruit and deploy fighters in Iraq and Syria. This even extends to importing thousands of brainwashed ‘family’ recruits to populate its declared Caliphate.
As an expert on this subject, I was interviewed by Dutch writer and journalist Judit Neurink as part of her new book ‘The war of ISIS: On the road to the Caliphate’.
Judit has lived and worked in Iraqi Kurdistan for nearly a decade. This is important because she has been able to get into the hearts and minds of the people she shares this life with and they have rewarded her with a unique and intimate understanding of this region. This book is a reflection of that.
The book sets out to answer the questions which we all have about ISIS. “Who they are, how did they get their ideals, how do they operate and are they really as dangerous as they would like the world to believe?”
Avoiding any sensationalism, Judit intersperses hard facts, information and analysis with individual accounts and sharp descriptions. She allows other people to speak about their knowledge and experience and by doing so brings the ISIS phenomenon to life in a way no external observer can hope to do.
My contribution has been to talk about the cultic nature of ISIS and the specific methodology it uses to deceive and brainwash its victims into becoming killers and suicide bombers. In this respect it is very similar to the Mojahedin Khalq.
The external behaviour of such groups can sometimes lead people to the false conclusion that one is worse or better than the other. The truth is that because of their internal cult dynamic all terrorist groups are not only dangerous to their intended targets but are also destructive of their own members. Like ISIS, the MEK has killed and tortured thousands of its own members over the years.
ISIS is much more than just an Islamic group that has established its own state. It is a sect which brainwashes and indoctrinates its members. All new members must first follow lessons in sharia, the Islamic Legislation. “Not in the principles of Islam, but those from the Islamic state”, a young man who left ISIS tells the BBC.
“They teach you the Islam that they want”
Whoever enters ISIS start with forty days in a religious training camp, led by a charismatic trainer. The young man said that his had come from Saudi Arabia, and was so “nice and convincing” that he was “prepared to become a suicide bomber if he has asked”. The training “aims at your heart and not your head, so that your heart becomes filled with passion for their words”.
According to Massoud Khodabandeh, who for years was in the leadership of the Iranian political sect Mujahedeen Khalq (MKO), charismatic trainers play a far more prominent role than the ideology. That is secondary to the goal of the sect, which usually revolves around the well-being and the ambitions of the leader of the group and those around him. Concretely, with ISIS it’s about Baghdadi and the group around him, and their ambition to become powerful.
“With ISIS it is not about Islam”, khodabandeh said resolutely. “No one becomes a member of a sect because of their message”. The recruits from ISIS know nothing about Islam. Because it they did, they would not allow themselves to be lured in”.
Khodabandeh broke with the MKO and now leads an organisation from Great Britain to help people follow his example. Internationally he is well known as an expert on the subject of political sects.
According to him only people who were easily influenced beforehand will fall in to the net of the recruiters. “They have problems; they are running away from something. One from his father. The other one from debt collectors. They have failed in love or at university. They are already a victim before they fall in to the net”.
For the training of its recruits ISIS had at the end of November in 2014 twenty five camps, fourteen in Syria and eleven in Iraq. One of those was exclusively for fighters from Kazakhstan. After the indoctrination a military training follows, fighters receive physical training and learn how to handle weapons.
Those camps, often far from the inhabited world, are important in the process. That is where the recruit changes in to a suicide bomber, Khodabandeh concludes. The technique used to brainwash someone only works if you have a place where you are able to isolate people from the family and acquaintances, where there are no credit cards, and no place to go back to”.
For the indoctrination of a fighter the recruitment focuses on separating them from everything they had, up to the point that they no longer want to live. For a suicide bomber live itself is a burden. If you are leading a life that you do not want, then you can convince yourself of the beckoning paradise. You only give up a life if you do not have one anyway”.
To show the extent of this, Khodabandeh uses the example of an eighteen year old fighter who was taken prisoner by the Iraqi army before he could carry out his suicide mission. With the approval of the Iraqis, he spent 48 hours with the young man in an effort to pry him loose from the grip of ISIS. “I thought that I should be able to convince him to think differently about things. But after two days and nights he said that I had committed the greatest sin. I had kept him from reaching paradise for forty eight hours. It went that deep. His life was a burden. He begged to end it”.
A sect exists from a nucleus with layers surrounding it. Like and onion, Khodabandeh says. The nucleus is the suicide bomber, for ISIS also the fighters who go in to battle to die. “You only need a certain number of these. But in order to recruit and indoctrinate them there are many more people needed”.
Not everyone becomes a suicide bomber. And that prospect alone will not lure any recruits, neither does the idea of going to kill people, or decapitate leads, khodabandeh believes. They come from money, for charity, for a role in the new state or the army. “In Syria they realize; I have to kill someone while I only came here to bring medicine. The pressure to do that is immense. Because their entire world is now ISIS. If it says that you have to chop off heads, then you do that. Otherwise you will become a victim yourself”.
From that fear, ISIS members convince themselves if they have doubts that they are wrong, and the others, in ISIS, are right. Because everyone outside of ISIS is considered to be the enemy, this would relate to them too should they turn their backs on the group. “they believe they do not have any choice; if they do not cut off that head then they will lose their own”.