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US: from 1953 coup to MKO training in Nevada

Sixty years after the 1953 coup, the US bugs Iran using the MKO

The US Central Sixty years after the 1953 coup, the US bugs Iran using the MKOIntelligence Agency (CIA) officially admits it was behind the coup against Iranian democratically elected Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq in August 1953. However, the release of such a document doesn’t mean that the United States has stopped taking actions to destabilize Iranian government. The Mujahedin Khalq Organization with its dark history of treason and bloodshed against the Iranian nation is now being backed by the US.

The 1953 coup had a severe impact on the aspirations of the Iranian people for democracy and freedom. It severely suppressed the Iranian pro-democracy movement that eventually turned into the Islamic revolution in 1979. Foreign Policy website that first published the news of the CIA’s document on TPAjax operation (the coup was codenamed as Ajax) suggest,” the event’s reverberations have haunted its orchestrators over the years, contributing to the anti Americanism that accompanied the Shah’s ouster in early 1979,and even influencing the Iranians who seized the US Embassy in Tehran later that year.”[1]

Regarding the Iranian people, the newly published document has nothing new because as the Iranian American historian Ervand Ebrahamian tells the Guardian,” The basic facts are widely known to every school child in Iran”. He adds, “Suppressing the details only distorts the history and feeds into myth-making on all sides.”[2]

Actually the United State has never ceased its covert attacks against Iran. Meteor Blades of the Daily KOS lists US hostile acts after the 1953 coup for “curtailing” Iran, “while controversial war, the bomb-bomb-bomb Iran approach has been so far avoided because that still remains a last resort of the bipartisan consensus ,other attacks on Iran have continued ,including by means of Stuxnet, the cyber-weapon built by the National Security Agency together with CIA and Israeli Intelligence and used to temporary cripple the Uranium enrichment operations in Natanz, Iran.” At the end, he notices the role of the MKO in the US-Israeli backed operations against Iranians,” There are, in addition, assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists by the Iranian terrorist organization Mojahedin-e-Khalq assisted with funding and training assistance of America’s ally Israel.”[3]

In April 2012, the investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh published his famous article,” our Men in Iran” in which he revealed that American Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training cources for members of the MKO in Nevada. The MKO agents received training in “commo, crypto, small unit tactics, and weaponry”, a retired US general told Hersh. [4]

Seymour Hersh also cites of a former senior intelligence official that the operations to destabilize IR including the killing of five Iranian nuclear scientists are “primarily being done by the MEK through liaison with the Israelis, but the United States is now providing the Intelligence”. Hersh asserts that the links between the US and the MKO activities against Iran has been long-standing. [5]

In August 1953, the US and British governments toppled one of the most efficient Iranian Prime Ministers because “he tried to nationalize Iranian oil wealth from Britain.” [6] The Guardian puts,” in recent years Iranian politicians have sought to compare the dispute over the country’s nuclear activities to that of the oil nationalization under Mosaddeq.”[7]

While the US spying and terrorist activities by the aid of the MKO continues to irritate Iranians, the American soldier Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because of leaking intelligence to Wikileaks website. Professors and legal experts and civil rights groups called the sentence “outrageous” and “unprecedented” reported Tom McCarthy of the Guardian. It’s “seriously wrong” for a soldier who shared information with the public to be punished “far more harshly that others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians”, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) told McCarthy. [8] In addition to the case of Manning, we’ve got Julian Assange, the editor- in-chief and founder of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden former CIA agent who is behind his significant revelations on US surveillance program that "destroyed privacy and basic liberties". Both men were forced to live in exile for fear of being imprisoned in their homeland. They are considered as traitors by the US government.

Therefore, the American advocates of the Mujahedin Khalq might be able to understand how the Iranian people and authorities feel about the MKO. The group was sheltered, funded and trained by Saddam Hussein and fought on his side against his own country-men. It was then funded, trained and used by the US and Israel to commit acts of violence and spying on Iranian nuclear activities.

Regarding the recent confessions on 1953 coup and facts on its advocacy for the MKO, the United States should not expect the Iranian public to have a positive view on his alleged green lights for negotiation.

By Mazda Parsi


[1] Byrne, Malcolm, CIA admits it was behind Iran’s coup, Foreign Policy, August 19, 2013

[2] Kamali Dehghan.Saeed,Norton Taylor,Richard,CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup, The Guardian, August 19,2013 

[3] Blades, Meteor, An unhappy 60 birthday” The CIA coup of 1953 still resonates in Iran. Operation Ajax remembered, Daily KOS, August 18,2013

[4] Hersh,Seymour,Our Men in Iran ,the New Yorker Magazine, April6,2012 


[6] AlJazeera,CIA admits organizing 1953 Iran coup, August 20,2013

[7] Kamali Dehghan.Saeed,Norton Taylor,Richard,CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup, The Guardian, August 19,2013 

[8] McCarthy,Tom, Bradley Manning tells lawyer after sentencing: I’m going to be ok- as it happened, The Guardian, August 21,2013

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