Commander: West's Support for Terrorism Backfires

A senior Iranian military commander deplored the West's support for terrorism, and warned that their policy would backfire.

"The cautionary history has demonstrated that the unwise and barbaric terrorist measures and actions taken by the hegemonic system and the hirelings of the arrogant powers have always awakened people more than before and have strengthened their revolutionary and anti-arrogance spirit," Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi stated on Sunday.

He further pointed out that despite the western officials claims about their countries' fight against terrorism; the West has always supported terrorist groups such as the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) during the last three decades since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

These days, Iran is hosting an international conference against terrorism. The Tehran conference has brought together senior officials from at least 60 countries, and representatives from several international organizations including the UN.

Meanwhile, Iran is preparing to mark the anniversary of the assassination of its former Judiciary chief Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, another prominent Iranian figure who has fallen victim to a terrorist attack. Beheshti, who was also the secretary-general of the Islamic Republic Party, was killed along with 72 others when an MKO bombing attack targeted a party conference back in 1981.

Thousands of Iranians, including former President Mohammad Ali Rajayee and his Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar, have been assassinated by terrorist elements, mostly by the MKO which is still supported by the US and its allies in the EU.

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran.

The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar, and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.

The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.