An Iranian lawmaker has condemned as “shameful” Washington’s decision to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.
Fatemeh Alia, a member of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran Majlis (parliament), said Saturday that the US delisting the terrorist cell was no surprise to Iran.
On September 28, Washington formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations one week after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.
The Iranian lawmaker stated that the MKO receives orders from the US intelligence agency, CIA, Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, as well as the British intelligence agency, MI6, to carry out terrorist operations.
Members of the MKO, who had murdered over 17,000 Iranians since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, fled to Iraq in the 1980s, where they had the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala near the Iranian border.
The terrorist group has carried out countless terrorist acts against Iraqi civilians.
Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the MKO, but the US has been putting pressure on Baghdad to resist the calls.