On 28 and 29 July 2009, more than 3000 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) were forcibly evicted by the Iraqi police from their Ashraf base in Iraq. The armed confrontation left 13 people dead, 36 missing and countless wounded.
Adressing the western media, the Mujahedin office in Paris alleged that the operation was carried out by the government of Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at Iran’s behest.
Furthermore, the organization accused the International Red Cross of passive complicity with both the Iraqi and Iranian authorities.
The truth of the matter is that the decision to sever ties with the MEK was taken by Washington following a study undertaken by the Rand Corporation, which established, on the one hand, the criminal character of the organization (cracking down on Kurdish and Shia dissidents on behalf of Saddam Hussein) and, on the other hand, its sectarian set-up (the religious cult of the Rajavi couple and the sequestration of their members). In particular, the study shows that the Mujahedin – highly adept at spinning – managed to hoodwink the Department of Defence and to obtain Donald Rumsfeld’s direct protection on the basis of false allegations.
A public version of this report titled "The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq. A Policy Conundrum" has been put out by the Rand Corporation. It is undoubtedly the best reference work on the subject.
Voltaire Network was unable to obtain the classified version of the document. It contains, in addition, an account of the false intelligence transmitted by the MEK since 2003 to the Department of Defence regarding the so-called Iranian nuclear military program. Such intelligence, on which the neo-conservatives used to feast, was subsequently verified and totally discredited by the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike McConnell.
It would appear that Washington’s decision was prompted by the failure of the « green revolution ». This operation was in fact orchestrated with the participation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq who staged various attacks during the presidential campaign and organized bloody provocations during the demonstrations. Considering the fiasco, it was preferable to part company with such incompetent collaborators and to erase any trace of that collaboration.