West support for MKO due to enmity toward Iran: Defense Minister

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the West’s support for the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is driven by their enmity toward the Islamic Revolution.

Dehqan said on Saturday that the Iranian nation is not worried by the West’s support for the terrorist group.

“The MKO will not benefit from their (West's) support, because they are a tool in hands of the West,” the Iranian defense minister added.

Describing the MKO as a political current without an identity, he said the terrorist group has always served the enemies of the Iranian nation.

“They most openly served [Iraq's executed dictator] Saddam [Hussein] and put all their capacities at Saddam’s disposal.”

In April, the MKO opened an office in Washington after the United States formally removed the anti-Iranian group from the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations in September 2012.

This was while the terrorist group has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 of them have fallen victim to acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border called Camp Ashraf.

On September 1, over 70 MKO members, including top commanders, were reportedly killed in an attack in the terrorist group's notorious camp in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala. There were around 100 MKO members in the camp at the time.

The attack came at the hands of a group of Iraqi people and the relatives of those martyred by the terrorists when they had joined forces with Saddam Hussein in 1991 to crush an uprising by Iraqi Shias.

The Iraqis who stormed the terror camp further demanded the immediate expulsion of all MKO terrorists from their country.

The last group of MKO terrorists at Camp Ashraf was evicted by the Iraqi government on Wednesday to join the other members of the terrorist group in the former US-held Camp Liberty, now called Camp Hurriya, near Baghdad International Airport where they are awaiting relocation to other countries.