MKO Ringleaders Readying to Open Fight with Iraqi Forces

The ringleaders of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization are preparing a plan to use dissident members of the group for an upcoming assault on the Iraqi forces guarding the MKO's main camp in Northern Iraq, a rights group revealed on Sunday.

According to a report published by the website of the Habilian association - a human rights group formed of the family members and relatives of the Iranian victims of terrorism - the ringleaders of the MKO had earlier threatened to massacre all the group members if the Iraqi government embarks on expelling the terrorist group from the country.

The report said that the MKO leaders have worked out plans to send dissident members to the frontline of any future conflict with the Iraqi forces in a bid to get them killed to get rid of them.

According to the rights group, the MKO gang leaders have prepared plans to coax a number of members into escaping from the camp to shoot them from behind and also persuade dozens of others to carry out self-immolation - by using fuel bottles which have already been prepared - and commit suicide in front of TV cameras.

Also, a defected member of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization had earlier unveiled that MKO ringleaders are using every means within their reach to control their dissident members, including life threats, in a move to keep the members in the group's main stronghold in Northern Iraq.

"Massoud Rajavi (the main ringleader of the MKO) has announced many times that if anybody wants to escape from (the camp) Ashraf (in Iraq), he/she will be killed or executed," Abdollatif Chahardari said.

He reiterated that the ringleaders of the MKO also prevent the members who are residing in Camp Ashraf from taking refuge in other countries, saying, "Ashraf is the only place you have." Also in March, another defected member of the MKO revealed that the female members of the group have been living under captivity for more than 25 years and are not even allowed to appear in public places alone.

"It can be firmly said that 95% of the women in Ashraf Camp (the terrorist group's resort in Iraq) have not even been allowed to step in Iraq's public and recreational places alone all throughout the last 25 years," the defected member said.

The former member of the MKO also revealed that nearly 70% of the female members of the terrorist group are single and have not been allowed to marry anyone in or outside the group.  And only a total 10% of the married members have been allowed to have children, he added.

The MKO has been in Iraq's Diyala province since the 1980s.

Iraqi security forces took control of the training base of the MKO at Camp Ashraf - about 60km (37 miles) north of Baghdad - in 2009 and detained dozens of the members of the terrorist group. The Iraqi authority also changed the name of the military center from Camp Ashraf to the Camp of New Iraq.

Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the camp are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.

A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations. According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.

Numerous articles and letters posted on the Internet by family members of MKO recruits confirm reports of the horrific abuse that the group inflicts on its own members and the alluring recruitment methods it uses.  The most shocking of such stories includes accounts given by former British MKO member Ann Singleton and Mustafa Mohammadi - the father of an Iranian-Canadian girl who was drawn into the group during an MKO recruitment campaign in Canada.

Mohammadi recounts his desperate efforts to contact his daughter, who disappeared several years ago - a result of what the MKO called a 'two-month tour' of Camp Ashraf for teenagers. He also explains how the group forces the families of its recruits to take part in pro-MKO demonstrations in Western countries by threatening to kill their loved ones.

Lacking a foothold in Iran, the terrorist group recruits ill-informed teens from Iranian immigrant communities in Western states and blocks their departure afterwards.  The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.

Before an overture by the EU, the MKO was on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze. Yet, the MKO puppet leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has residency in France, regularly visited Brussels and despite the ban enjoyed full freedom in Europe.