Leaders of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) acted in full subordination to Iraq's security services during the era of former dictator Saddam Hussein, a defected member of the cult-like group disclosed on Saturday.
Ghorbanabli Hosseinnejad, a highly trusted veteran member of the MKO and the group's special interpreter in talks with Iraqi government officials during Saddam's era, unveiled that MKO ringleader Massoud Rajavi received direct orders from the chiefs of Saddam's security services, the Persian-language Nedaye Haghigat (the Voice of Truth) website said in a report today.
"The Istekhbarat (security) service of Iraq always considered the MKO as one of its subordinate units and a subdivision of Istekhbarat and was present in all high-level meetings of the MKO as the dominating side," Hosseinnejad said.
Despite the propaganda campaign by MKO ringleaders about the importance of the terrorist cult, Rajavi was unable to do a move before it was Okayed by Saddam's security services, he reiterated.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is still in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
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.