|A top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States supports the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group at Iraq's Camp Ashraf.|
A top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States supports the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group at Iraq's Camp Ashraf.
“The US supports the MKO's presence at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Members of the terrorist cell are living in Iraq with the US support,” IRNA quoted the commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour as saying on Sunday. He added that Washington has always supported the MKO terrorist group and said, “The cell could not resist against the Iraqi people should the US provided them with no support.”
The IRGC commander emphasized that the Iraqi people are not interested in the presence of the MKO in their homeland. More than 3,000 MKO members are residing at Camp Ashraf. In addition to cooperating with US soldiers in Iraq, the MKO sends elements to Iran on spy and terrorist missions.
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials. The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border.
The organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.