New Additions to State Department’s Report on MKO

 

As noted before, the new report of "Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism", published on April 30, has a more serous tone on the MKO than previous reports.

These additions, retrieved by comparing annual terrorism report 2006 and 2006, are as follows:

 

Additions to "Description":

 

– Pointing to the assassination of US military and civilian personnel in Iran during 1970s,

 

– Stressing the ability and the will of MKO members and leadership to conduct terrorist operations across the world,

 

– Introducing the MKO as one of the most violent political groups, established during 60s,

 

– Emphasizing the fact that MKO was disliked by Iranians, following the Islamic Revolution,

 

– Underlining the fact that for more than 3 decades, MKO used its bases in Iraq and Europe to conduct terror attacks against Iran,

 

– Expansion of financial base, military skills and leaders’ activities in Europe.

 

– Showing cult-like characteristics, in addition to terrorist ones,

 

– Ideological pressure on members and offering them distorted history of Iran,

 

– Stressing the existence of compulsory divorces, cleansing sessions and separation of kids from their parents,

 

– Establishing cult-of-personality around Rajavi.

 

Additions to "Activities":

 

– Confessing that despite US efforts, MKO members and leaders have never been taken to court for their role in illegal activities,

 

– MKO has been supported by reprehensible regimes, like that of Saddam Hussein.

 

– Stressing that MKO conducted terrorist operations from its bases in France for 5 years,

 

– Citing reports that showed Maryam Rajavi encouraged members to "crush Kurds under the tanks",

 

– That 7 Iranians had been arrested by FBI for transferring 400000 dollars to the MKO for buying weapons,

 

– Voluntarily surrender to coalition, after the ouster of Saddam, and submitting heavy weaponries,

 

– Arrest of 160 MKO members, including Maryam Rajavi, in France for using its bases in France for planning and financing terrorist operations,

 

– Self-immolations by MKO members, following the detention of Maryam Rajavi,

 

– Maryam Rajavi’s going to hiding, and using video-satellite to motivate members,

 

– Discovering documents that prove MKO received the money of oil-for-food program and used the money for terrorist attacks,

 

– Citing documents that prove MKO-Saddam ties: lists, a film showing Saddam when he gives a suitcase of money to MKO’s known leaders, and a footage of MKO members being trained by Iraqi army.

 

Additions to "Strength":

 

– Settlement of MKO supporters and members across Europe,

 

– Stressing the fact that "protected status" (4th Geneva Convention) doesn’t apply to MKO members outside Camp Ashraf or to the group as a foreign terrorist organization,

 

– The fact that several MKO members, trained by former Iraqi regime to make bomb and work with weapons, are still at large.

 

Additions to "Location/Area of Operation":

 

– Maintaining bases in Paris,

 

– Targeting Iranian elements across the world,

 

– Active propaganda and lobby of NCRI in the West,

 

– NCRI’s developed media strategies

 

Additions to "External Aid":

 

More reliance, after the fall of Saddam, on financial aids, collected under the name of unreal groups

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