Iraqi Commander: MKO Attack on Iraqi Forces Aimed at Killing Dissidents

The terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization sparked the armed conflict with the Iraqi security forces responsible for guarding the camp in a move to kill its dissident members during the clashes, said an Iraqi commander who was present on the scene of clashes last week.

According to a report published by the website of the Habilian association – Families of Iranian terror victims - the Iraqi commander, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the move by the MKO was not unprecedented since the group had previously forced its dissident members to start armed clashes with the Iraqi forces.

"The MKO's foremost front was formed of the dissident members of the group during the recent clash. They were forced to be there and be killed," the Iraqi commander reiterated. Iran on Saturday praised the Iraqi Army for taking prompt action and standing against the terrorist group.

"The presence of any terrorist organization on Iraqi soil, to use it as a launch pad and to conduct operations against Iraq's neighbors, is not accepted by Iraq's own constitution," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Saturday. "Iraqis must not allow activities of such groups and not shelter such terrorist groups. We appreciate the move by the Iraqi government," Salehi said.

Also earlier today, the Iranian Supreme Leader's Advisor for Military Affairs, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, praised the Iraqi Army for its recent attack on the strongholds of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), and asked Baghdad to continue attacking the terrorist base until its destruction.

Speaking to FNA here on Monday, Safavi praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki for having ordered the attack on the criminal Monafeqin (i.e. Hypocrites, as MKO members are called in Iran) "and we hope that such measures will continue until the Monafeqin are fully purged from the country".

He reminded the 1991 massacre of the Iraqi people by the Baath regime in collaboration with the MKO, and expressed the hope that the Iraqi government would continue its attacks against the terrorist group and expel all its members from the country. Pointing to the crimes committed by the terrorist group against the Iranian nation, Safavi reminded that the MKO has martyred 12,000 Iranian people since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

On Sunday, a senior Iraqi MP said that the Iraqi people, legislators and government are all resolved to expel the MKO from their country's soil immediately. "The Iraqi people and parliament seek expulsion of MKO from their country's soil and they want to end its presence in Iraq, which has lasted for several years," Hossein Ali told FNA yesterday.