Iran Interlink, April 28 2013: … A defecting MEK member coming from Syria says two MEK members have been killed in the fighting there. They had gone from Denmark and Sweden via Turkey. They took a flight to Istanbul and travelled overland by cars into Syria. We knew the MEK has an open presence in Syria and a camp called Hanif …
A defecting MEK member coming from Syria says two MEK members have been killed in the fighting there. They had gone from Denmark and Sweden via Turkey. They took a flight to Istanbul and travelled overland by cars into Syria.
We knew the MEK has an open presence in Syria and a camp called Hanif – the MEK calls this ‘the hospital’ as a code name. The source claims to have come across several fighters among the MEK personnel who do not speak either Arabic or Farsi, but only speak English. This is a new development. The MKO have been open about working with the Free Syrian Army but have never admitted to being engaged in military activity.
Up to this point their connection with the Free Syrian Army has been through Jordan alongside the Saddamists – Ezzat Ibrahim branch – who have always been based there but who have a much better relationship with the West than does the Iraqi government.
The leadership of the Mojahedin Khalq and the Free Syrian Army have been and do visit and meet in Paris and other Western capitals openly. (According to their own statements they are very close and strategic partners.) But the use of Turkey as a route and more than that, the use of European residents especially on the front lines (where these two have been killed by the Syrian Army) seems to be new.
It is not clear if this new development has been by the MEK’s own initiative or is a new strategy by their western backers and with their prior knowledge. (If their backers are in the know, why would they not use the usual way of Jordan instead of Turkey?)
We are, however, sure that the internal security authorities of Western countries would not be so happy to see their residents going for training and fighting alongside al Qaeda and MEK and come back to the EU or the US without their knowledge. My source is now travelling and I hope will be able to talk more when he is in a safer place.
… five of the detainees were identified as MKO members following a full-scale investigation into the capture. The detained MKO terrorists have confessed that the MKO is training insurgents on the Turkish soil near the border with Syria, while certain Arab and Western states are providing necessary support for their activities. The report comes as Iraqi and Syrian security officials maintain that a large number of MKO members have entered Syria over the past few days. The officials have also warned against MKO’s training of terrorists in Turkey as well as the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq …
Free Syrian Army commander: Mojahedin Khalq terror group is our role model (aka; MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
… A senior Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander described terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, a.k.a. MEK and PMOI) as a role model for him and other Syrian insurgents. “Mujahedin-e Khalq is our role model, and we inform them that our doors are open to them,” Malek al-Kurdi, a deputy commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army, addressed a joint session of MEK and senior figures in the anti-Assad armed rebel groups. His comments come just days after a highly placed security source told Arabic language Ur news agency that hundreds of terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq members have entered the chaos-stricken Syria to …