Iranian opposition group urges protection
Al Jazeera / Al Jazeera
19-Jun-2011 (3 comments)

The leader of an Iranian opposition group has called for the United Nations to protect a camp of its disarmed fighters in Ashraf, Iraq, after as many as 35 people were killed there in an Iraqi army attack in April.

During a rally attended by thousands in the French town of Villepinte on Saturday, Marjam Rajavi, the leader of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq's (MEK) political wing, said that the UN should send monitors to the camp in order to protect the 3,400 people living there.

The Iraqi government has repeatedly called for the group to shut down the camp and move to another country. The camp, located north of Baghdad, was initially set up while Iraq was still ruled by former president Saddam Hussein, and served as a based for the MEK in its battle against the Iranian government.

The MEK is also known as the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), and its political wing is referred to as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

It has been labelled a "terrorist group" by the US since 1997, but several prominent US political figures present at the rally have called for their government to reverse that decision.

The US politicians present included Tom Ridge, who served as secretary of homeland security under president George W Bush; Andrew Card, who was chief of staff of the Bush White House' and Rudy Guliani, the former mayor of New York City.


The MEK is getting support because you do nothing

by Simorgh5555 on

Congressmen and Iranians alike are getting weary of this 'no sanction' and 'no war' crap talk. They want to see action in the form of violence against the regime. The congressmen are now willing to throw their lot in with the MEK despite their Marxists terrorist background. Does the Iranian opposition have an answer to the MEK? Is there any other opposition group which is willing to support military action against the IR terrorist scum? 

Or maybe this is a positive development? Get the MEK fight the IR terrosists and have then knock each other have. Contain both until both are eradicated.  




by Simorgh5555 on

I support military action against the IR in the form of air srltrikes, targetted assassinations and an Iranian ground army. I will openly celebrate the death of members of te Islamic Republic leadership. Won't you?

Majid Zahrai

Simorgh5555, you are so violent

by Majid Zahrai on

On any other site, your contributions would be watched closely for promotion violence.

The MEK members in Camp Ashraf should be allowed to return to normal life by being sent to other countries.