|A senior member of Iran's Majlis (Parliament) has said that terrorist attacks in Iran were funded by the Western powers but were ineffective, Press TV reported...|
A senior member of Iran's Majlis (Parliament) has said that terrorist attacks in Iran were funded by the Western powers but were ineffective, Press TV reported.
Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Deputy Chairman Hossein Ebrahimi said on Monday that the enemies of the Islamic Republic, particularly the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), are backed by the colonialist powers.
The MKO carried out several terrorist acts in Iran with the goal of crippling the Islamic Revolution, but their efforts have always been futile, and “they will take their ambitions to the grave,” he stated.
The MKO assassinated Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajaee and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar in 1981.
They were killed in an explosion on August 30, 1981, about two months after Chief Justice Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti was killed along with 72 state officials and lawmakers in another MKO bombing in Tehran.
Iranian MP Javan Aryan-Manseh said that the assassinations were carried out to topple the Islamic Republic, adding, “They never realized… that each and every assassination they carried out would generate greater support for the Islamic Revolution.”
The MKO fled to Iraq in the 1980s, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala, near the Iranian border.
The MKO also cooperated with Saddam in the massacres of Iraqi Kurds and in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq.
Since Saddam was deposed in 2003, the Iraqi government has set numerous deadlines for the terrorist group to leave the country but the MKO has managed to maintain its base due to US backing.
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against both Iranians and Iraqis.
Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been putting pressure on the Iraqi government to block the expulsion.