Two MKO battalions fuelling unrest in Syria: Report

The terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has reportedly assigned some 400 of its members with stirring up unrest in Syria amid the recent surge of violence and atrocities in the crisis-hit Arab state.

Director of the Habilian Association Seyyed Mohammad Javad Hasheminejad told Fars News Agency on Sunday that MKO terrorists, grouped in two battalions, have been tasked with fomenting chaos and violence in Syria.

The Habilian Association is an Iranian human rights NGO comprising of a group of families that have lost their loved ones in terrorist acts during the early years following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Hasheminejad had on May 28 said that the MKO is preparing to launch a massive terrorist operation in Syria.

“We have conclusive proof and documents showing that the MKO has a strong and significant presence in Syria. The terrorist group has begun carrying out acts of sabotage and terrorism against the Syrian government and nation, and has found major influence among Syrian rebels,” the director of the Habilian Association said in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Hamed Hassan.

Hasheminejad also said Washington is playing a key part in destabilizating Syria, adding that the US and certain Western countries sponsor violence in the Middle Eastern state.

He further pointed out that the MKO acts as a mediator to funnel arms and money to Syrian armed gangs, stressing that the anti-Iran terrorist organization has also voiced support for the Free Syrian Army, an armed terrorist group operating in Syria.

The MKO has been producing many video clips against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and distributing them among ordinary Syrians and the opposition, he went on to say.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.