The United States is training the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) operatives in its military bases in Afghanistan, a senior Iranian MP says. “Currently, a limited number of MKO forces are receiving training in the US military bases in Afghanistan to carry out terrorist operations,” Baqer Hosseini, member of Majlis Presiding Board, noted on Tuesday.
The lawmaker referred to the US and Canada’s delisting of MKO, saying, “The move by the US and Canada [to delist the MKO] and the support provided to the MKO grouplet by the European Union (EU) are aimed at protecting the remnants of this cell in order to take advantage of them for their own interests.”Hosseini stated that the MKO terrorists know no other way but to serve as mercenaries, and they are now mercenaries serving the US, Canada and the EU. The Canadian government removed the MKO from its official list of terrorist organizations on Thursday, December 20, 2012. Ottawa's move followed similar moves by the United States and the European Union. The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border. The group is known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and carrying out the massacre of Iraqi Kurds. The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials as well. KA/SS/IS