MP unveils key Iraqi political party's link with terrorist MKO

An Iraqi parliamentarian disclosed that the country's al-Iraqiya alliance, headed by former ‎Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, has tight cooperation with the anti-Iran terrorist group, ‎Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). ‎

‎"The organization (the terrorist cult) has strong links with a number of al-Iraqiya leaders and is ‎directly supported by these (political) leaders," Member of National Iraqi Alliance at the Iraqi ‎parliament Qassem al-A'raji told FNA on Wednesday.‎

He also said the MKO (also known as MEK, NCR and PMOI) most likely has tight ties with ‎fugitive Iraqi Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi.‎

As regards the recent evacuation of MKO's main training camp in Iraq, the Iraqi lawmaker called ‎it "a victory for the Iraqi nation and government's will and determination".‎

He added that the greater victory would be the trial of all criminals for their crimes against Iraqi ‎people.

‎Earlier this year, the Iraqi government set a new deadline for the MKO to evacuate its members ‎from Camp Ashraf by October this year.‎

The MKO cannot find a shelter outside Iraq as it is blacklisted by much of the international ‎community, including the United States.‎

Earlier in July, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the UN Secretary-General's ‎Representative in Iraq Martin Kobler agreed to put an end to the dossier of MKO's presence in ‎Iraq in accordance with the deadlines announced last year.‎

The MKO 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.‎

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU ‎parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove ‎the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public ‎support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on ‎Iran (‎‏1980-1988‏‎).‎

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.‎

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.‎