Powerful DC figures enlisted in Iranian group’s bid to get removed from US terrorist list

The US State Department is running up against a court-imposed deadline to make a decision on whether to remove the Mujahadin-e Khalq or MEK from the US terrorist list.

In a statement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran called the expected delisting a “victory for justice and the rule of law.”

The MEK carried out bombings and assassinations in the 1970s that targeted and killed US citizens and military members, according to the State Department. In the ‘80s, the group killed dozens of Iranian officials and its members fought with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. Attacks continued during the 1990s and after the US invasion of Iraq, the US detained thousands of MEK members at Camp Ashraf. In 2001, the group says it renounced violence.
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To read more of Justin Elliot’s reporting on the MEK’s lobbying efforts click here

By Free Speech Radio News
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