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MKO asylum grant violates intl. norms

A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says granting political asylum to the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) violates international norms.

“The MKO is a notorious terrorist group, and granting asylum to them (MKO members) is against all international standards,” IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami was quoted by IRNA as saying on Sunday.

He touched upon Washington’s objection to the Iraqi Army’s Friday raid on Camp Ashraf, the MKO base in Iraq, saying, “The West always looks at the world with double standards.”

The top general underlined the West backs any country and group which is of benefit to it, even if they are terrorists or dictators, but counters any nation which is opposed to the West.

“In contradictory behavior, they (the West) try to show they are against terrorism by attacking Iraq and Afghanistan, and on the other, fully back the MKO,” he said.

Blacklisted as a terrorist entity by Tehran, the MKO was removed from the EU blacklist in 2009 but remains on the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

The MKO set up Camp Ashraf in the 1980s as a base to launch attacks against Iran.

The terrorist group is also known to have collaborated with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north and the Shia community in the south.

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