The Cult of Rajavi

Mojahedin Khalq Organisation, National Council of Resistance, ...

(aka: Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, PMOI, NCR, NCRI...)


For more information contact Iran Interlink group

part of Middle East Strategy Consultants

(Massoud Rajavi and Saddam Hussein)

(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi the cult leaders)

(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)

 *     *     *

For up to date information see:

or contact:

Email:  editor at iran-interlink dot org
Telephone/Fax : 0044 113 278 0503

Post: Write to us in Persian, English, French, German or Arabic at

PO Box 148
Leeds LS16 5YJ
 *     *     *

Gareth Porter: Israel gave fake Iran dossier to Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult)

 *     *     *

دکتر نوری زاده: غیبت صغرای رجوی تا کی ادامه دارد؟

MEK loyalists' show an aggressive reaction to the presence of families, ex-members, Iraqi military personnel and journalists who have gathered outside Camp Ashraf to demand access to the residents. Rajavi has ordered his loyalists to use violence to repel these people; the MEK throw stones and shout insults to try to deter them.

*     *     *

Camp Ashraf, Feb 20102

No access to Rajavi's hostages in the camp

*     *     *

Families of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

 targets welcomed at Int'l Victims of Terrorism Conference

(September 2011)

 *     *     *

Interesting Mojahedin Khalq

(MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

In Washington Rally

August 2011

 *     *     *

BBC Persian, July 2011

*     *     *

VOA interviews Massoud Khodabandeh, Mojtaba Vahedin

(June 28, 2011)

 *     *     *

BBC (Persian) June 21, 2011
(30 Khordad)

 *     *     *

Iraqis call for Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) expulsion
Press TV, June20 2011

 *     *     *


Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
Camp Ashraf June 2011

 *     *     *

Iraqi lawmakers slam US intervention

on US support for Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

 *     *     *

US keeps Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) terrorists armed in Iraq

 *     *     *

Almostanserieh paper on Mojahedin Khalq (Anne Singleton)2011

 *     *     *

Ashraf camp Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) April 2011

 *     *     *

Three defected members of the terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) have given an account of their ordeal during their stay at Camp Ashraf in Iraq
(April 2011)

 *     *     *

 People want Rajavi cult out of Camp Ashraf and Iraq
Baghdad April 2011

(Almasar TV Part one)

(Almasar TV Part one)

 *     *     *


Mojahedin Khalq

(MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult)

attacks Iraqi security forces

(April 2011)


 *     *     *

Camp Ashraf.March 2011

(Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult)

*     *     *

Iraqis continue to protest MKO camp

 *     *     *

Iraqi Council discusses Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult) camp

(Formerly camp Ashraf) Jan 2011

 *     *     *

Zionist-backed Mojahedin-e Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)

deploys Special Guard to attack families with catapults - Jan 2011

*     *     *

Ex member encounters an MEK (Mojahedin Khaq, Rajavi cult) Security unit


 *     *     *

Sahar-Jan 2011To the families of victims of Mojahedin Khalq MKO MEK Rajavi cult in camp Ashraf

 *     *     *

Camp Ashraf

Mojahedin Khalq MKO MEK Rajavi cult Jan.2011.WMV

 *     *     *

Iraqi protesters demand Mojahedin Khalq,

MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult expulsion

(January 2011)

 *     *     *

Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult terrorism in Iran and Iraq

 *     *     *

Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult) leaders use sophisticated parasite equipment to intimidate families at the gates of Camp Ashraf

 *     *     *

Families at the gate of Camp Ashraf

Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult camp ashraf December 2010

(Part one)

Families at the gate of Camp Ashraf

Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult camp ashraf December 2010

(Part two)

 *     *     *

Khodabandeh on Mojahedin Khalq, Rajavi cult

Press TV Nov. 2010

Press TV reports on Western double-standards in the so-called 'war on terror' as the UK is known to host the leaders and members of several anti-Iran terrorist groups, such as MEK, Pejak and Jundullah

 *     *     *

Mojahedin Khalq Rajavi cult camp ashraf 04 oct 2010

*     *     *

Running away from Camp Ashraf Mojahedin Khalq MKO MEK Rajavi cult

*     *     *

Exposing Mojahedin Khalq MKO MEK NCRI Rajavi cult Baghdad Sept. 2010.WMV

 *     *     *

Exposing Mojahedin Khalq MKO MEK NCRI Rajavi cult Baghdad Sept. 2010 2.WMV

 *     *     *

*     *     *

 *     *     *

*     *     *

BBC Newsnight: Mujahideen-e-Khalq Terrorist MeK MKO

Part One

Part two

Part three

*     *     *

The Cult of Rajavi

New York Times Magazine/July 13, 2003
By Elizabeth Rubin

As Ervand Abrahamian, a historian and author of ''The Iranian Mujahedeen,'' told me: ''Rajavi said he was emulating the prophet'' -- Muhammad -- ''who had married his adopted son's wife to show he could overcome conventional morality. It smacked of blasphemy.''

Rajavi liked having women around him and overhauled the command structure to replace the men with women -- this time calling it a ''constitutional revolution.'' It was also politically astute and added alluring spice for their public-relations campaign in the West.

"Rajavi, Rajavi, Iran, Iran, Maryam, Maryam, Iran, Iran,'' shouted a dozen young women commandos, trotting with their Kalashnikovs on a scrubby field, camouflage leaves and twigs bouncing on their helmets, their faces blurred by green paint. ''Run, run, fire, fire.'' They rolled, crouched, crept, fired and regrouped around their commander. One stepped forward: ''We weren't coordinated.'' Another shouted, ''The distance between us was too much.'' Another shouted, ''Our speed wasn't adequate.'' They were given a rest and then, spotting me, skipped up on cue, sweating and out of breath. Nineteen-year-old Sahar began: ''My mother was pregnant with me when she was arrested, and I was born in Evin Prison in 1983. When I was 1 year old, my father was executed for supporting the Mujahedeen. Now I drive a Cascavel. My mother is at another base. It's one of the reasons I decided to join the army.''

As the leaders like to boast, the Mujahedeen is a family affair. (''We have three generations of martyrs: grandmothers, mothers, daughters.'') Most of the girls I was meeting had grown up in Mujahedeen schools in Ashraf, where they lived separated from their parents. Family visits were allowed on Thursday nights and Fridays. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, many of these girls were transported to Jordan and then smuggled to various countries -- Germany, France, Canada, Denmark, England, the United States -- where they were raised by guardians who were usually Mujahedeen supporters. When they were 18 or 19, many of them decided to come back to Iraq and fill the ranks of the youngest Mujahedeen generation. Though ''decided'' is probably not the right word, since from the day they were born, these girls and boys were not taught to think for themselves but to blindly follow their leaders. ''Every morning and night, the kids, beginning as young as 1 and 2, had to stand before a poster of Massoud and Maryam, salute them and shout praises to them,'' Nadereh Afshari, a former Mujahedeen deep-believer, told me. Afshari, who was posted in Germany and was responsible for receiving Mujahedeen children during the gulf war, said that when the German government tried to absorb Mujahedeen children into their education system, the Mujahedeen refused. Many of the children were sent to Mujahedeen schools, particularly in France. The Rajavis, Afshari went on to say, ''saw these kids as the next generation's soldiers. They wanted to brainwash them and control them.'' Which may explain the pattern to their stories: a journey to self-empowerment and the enlightenment of self-sacrifice inspired by the light and wisdom of Maryam and Massoud.

As we cruised around the grounds, Hossein Madani said: ''Did you know that they built all this from scratch? That's why the combatants love their base so much.'' And it was true; the Mujahedeen had managed to cultivate out of the desert their own little paradise with vegetable gardens, rows of Eucalyptus and poplar trees, sports fields and Thursday night movies. When I asked about the fact that the land -- along with all clothing, ammunition, gas and the like -- had been donated by Saddam Hussein and that the Mujahedeen was, in effect, fighting one dictatorship under the wings of another, both Madani and Bahshai insisted that the Mujahedeen's precondition for setting up bases in Iraq was independence from Iraq's affairs. ''All we've used is the soil,'' Bahshai insisted. Either she was an adept liar or in deep denial, since everyone I spoke to -- Iraqi intelligence officers, Kurdish commanders and human rights groups -- said that in 1991 Hussein used the Mujahedeen and its tanks as advance forces to crush the Kurdish uprisings in the north and the Shia uprisings in the south. And former Mujahedeen members remember Maryam Rajavi's infamous command at the time: ''Take the Kurds under your tanks, and save your bullets for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.''

Though for years the Mujahedeen preached a Marxist-Islamic ideology, it has modernized with the times. Today, one of the standard lines of the Mujahedeen's National Council of Resistance to politicians in Europe and America is that it is advocating a secular, democratic government in Iran, and that when it overthrows the regime, it will set up a six-month interim government with Maryam as president and then hold free elections. But despite its rhetoric, the Mujahedeen operates like any other dictatorship. Mujahedeen members have no access to newspapers or radio or television, other than what is fed them. As the historian Abrahamian told me, ''No one can criticize Rajavi.'' And everyone must go through routine self-criticism sessions. ''It's all done on tape, so they have records of what you say. If there's sign of resistance, you're considered not revolutionary enough, and you need more ideological training. Either people break away or succumb.''

Salahaddin Mukhtadi, an Iranian historian in exile who still maintains communications with the Mujahedeen because it is the strongest armed opposition to the Iranian regime, told me that Mujahedeen members ''are locked up if they disagree with anything. And sometimes killed.''

Afshari, who fled the group 10 years ago, told me how friendship was forbidden. No two people could sit alone and talk together, especially about their former lives. Informants were planted everywhere. It was Maryam's idea to kill emotional relationships. ''She called it 'drying the base,''' Afshari said. ''They kept telling us every one of your emotions should be channeled toward Massoud, and Massoud equals leadership, and leadership equals Iran.'' The segregation of the sexes began almost from toddlerhood. ''Girls were not allowed to speak to boys. If they were caught mingling, they were severely punished.''

Though Maryam and Massoud finagled it so they could be together, they forced everyone else into celibacy. ''They told us, 'We are at war, and soldiers cannot have wives and husbands,''' Afshari said. ''You had to report every single day and confess your thoughts and dreams. They made men say they got erections when they smelled the perfume of a woman.'' Men and women had to participate in ''weekly ideological cleansings,'' in which they would publicly confess their sexual desires. It was not only a form of control but also a means to delete all remnants of individual thought.

One of the most disturbing encounters I had in Ashraf was with Mahnaz Bazazi, a commander who had been with the Mujahedeen for 25 years. I met her in the Ashraf hospital. Bazazi was probably on drugs, but that didn't explain the natural intoxication she was radiating, despite -- or perhaps because -- she had just had her legs amputated after an American missile slammed into the warehouse she was guarding. The doctor told me he never heard her complain. ''Even in this way, she's confronting the Mullahs,'' he said. Bazazi interrupted him. ''This is not me personally,'' she said in a soft high voice. ''These are the ideas of the Mujahedeen. It's true I lost my legs, but my struggle will continue because I have a wish -- the freedom of my country.'' At the foot of her bed, surrounded by candles, stood a large framed photograph of Maryam in a white dress and blue flowered head scarf.

In the chaotic days after the fall of Baghdad, several Mujahedeen members managed to flee the military camps and were in Kurdish custody in northern Iraq. Kurdish officials told me they weren't sure what to do with them. One was Mohammad, a gaunt 19-year-old Iranian from Tehran with sad chestnut eyes. He hadn't heard of the Mujahedeen until one day last year when he was in Istanbul desperately looking for work. A Mujahedeen recruiter spotted him and a friend sleeping on the streets, so hungry they couldn't think anymore. The recruiter gave them a bed and food for the night, and the next day showed them videos of the Mujahedeen struggle. He enticed them to join with an offer to earn money in Iraq while simultaneously fighting the cruel Iranian regime. What's more, he said, you can marry Mujahedeen girls and start your own family. The Mujahedeen seemed like salvation. Mohammad was told to inform his family that he was going to work in Germany and given an Iraqi passport.

The first month at Ashraf, he said, wasn't so bad. Then came the indoctrination in the reception department and the weird self-criticism sessions. He quickly realized there would be no wives, no pay, no communication with his parents, no friendships, no freedom. The place was a nightmare, and he wanted out. But there was no leaving. When he refused to pledge the oath to struggle forever, he was subjected to relentless psychological pressure. One night, he couldn't take it anymore. He swallowed 80 diazepam pills. His friend, he said, slit his wrists. The friend died, but to Mohammad's chagrin, he woke up in a solitary room. After days of intense prodding to embrace the Mujahedeen way, he finally relented to the oath. He trundled along numbly until the Americans invaded Iraq, when he and another friend managed to slip out into the desert. They were helped out by Arabs, and then turned themselves over to the Kurds, hoping for mercy. Mohammad fell ill, and the next thing he knew he was in prison. ''The Mujahedeen has a good appearance to the outside world, but anyone who has lived among them knows how rotten and dirty they are,'' he said.

Another Iranian whom I met at the Kurdish prison told me that he had been a zealous Mujahedeen supporter for years in Iran, and when he finally made it to the Iraqi camps, he was horrified to discover that his dream was a totalitarian mini-state.

Before I left Camp Ashraf, Massoud Farschi, one of the Mujahedeen spokesmen who was educated in the United States, told me that he thought the Mujahedeen was in the best position it had ever been in. ''We've said all along that the real threat in the world is fundamentalism, and now the world has finally seen that.'' The Mujahedeen, he said, is the barrier to that fundamentalism. Nevertheless, two days later, in early May, Gen. Ray Odierno of the Fourth Infantry Division was dispatched to the camp to negotiate the Mujahedeen's surrender. American tanks were posted outside Ashraf's gates, and two B-52's were circling the skies above. After a day of discussion, the Mujahedeen commanders reached a capitulation agreement in which they would consolidate their weapons and personnel into two separate camps. Lt. Col. John Miller, also with the Fourth, attended a ceremony in which the men and women bid farewell to their tanks. ''We saw folks kissing their vehicles, hugging them,'' he said. One 50-year-old man broke down in front of them, wailing. The women, he said, were much more controlled. Not so the women in Europe, who until recently were crying on the streets for the release of their beloved Maryam. They got their wish; a court ordered her released on bail. As for Massoud Rajavi, he has not uttered a peep. In fact, he seems to have disappeared. Some Iraqis claim to have seen him a few days before Baghdad fell boarding a helicopter south of the capital.

After the negotiations with the Mujahedeen, it was reported that Odierno said he thought that the group's commitment to democracy in Iran meant its status as a terrorist organization should be reviewed. There are also Senate staff members, Pentagon officials and even some people in the State Department who have said that if all the Mujahedeen is doing is fighting the ''evil regime'' in Iran, it quite likely that it will be removed from the State Department's terrorist list. ''There is a move afoot among Pentagon hard-liners,'' one administration official said, ''to use them as an opposition in the future.'' Recently Brownback submitted an Iran Democracy Act modeled on the Iraqi Liberation Act, which would set aside $50 million to help opposition groups overthrow the regime. The Mujahedeen, their U.S. supporters say, has provided the United States with key intelligence on Iran's nuclear program. One Congressional staff member working close to the issue said that there was a national security directive circulating ''that includes a proposal for limited surgical strikes against the Iranian regime's nuclear facilities. We would be remiss if we did not use the Mujahedeen to identify exactly what the Iranians have and in the longer term, to facilitate regime change.''

Meanwhile, inside Iran, the street protesters risking their lives and disappearing inside the regime's prisons consider the Mujahedeen a plague -- as toxic, if not more so, than the ruling clerics. After all, the Rajavis sold out their fellow Iranians to Saddam Hussein, trading intelligence about their home country for a place to house their Marxist-Islamist Rajavi sect. While Mujahedeen press releases were pouring out last month, taking undue credit for the nightly demonstrations, many antigovernment Iranians were rejoicing over the arrest of Maryam Rajavi and wondering where Massoud was hiding and why he, too, hadn't been apprehended. This past winter in Iran, when such a popular outburst among students and others was still just a dream, if you mentioned the Mujahedeen, those who knew and remembered the group laughed at the notion of it spearheading a democracy movement. Instead, they said, the Rajavis, given the chance, would have been the Pol Pot of Iran. The Pentagon has seen the fatal flaw of hitching itself to volatile groups like the Islamists who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan and, more recently, the Iraqi exile groups who had no popular base at home. It seems dangerously myopic that the U.S. is even considering resurrecting the Rajavis and their army of Stepford wives.


Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) TIMELINE

Significant Dates in Mojahedin History
(Rajavi cult, headed by Maryam Rajavi and Massoud Rajavi)

1965 People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran founded, based on revolutionary armed struggle to free Iran from capitalism, imperialism, reactionary Islamic forces and despotism. Founder members Mohammad Hanif Nezhad, Saied Mohsen and Ali-Asghar Badi’Zadegan.

1966 Massoud Rajavi (born in Tabas, 1948) joined in 1966 when he studied political law at Tehran University. (Massoud Rajavi later announced himself as the ideological leader of Mojahedin.)

1969 Rajavi became a member of the 12 member Central Committee of the Mojahedin.

1971 Mojahedin started their armed struggle – killing 6 American advisors

1971 Mass-arrests of members by SAVAK (the shah’s secret service) including Massoud Rajavi. Kazem Rajavi the brother of Massoud Rajavi began an international campaign from Switzerland to have the death sentences of all Mojahedin prisoners commuted to life.

1972 All Central Committee members of Mojahedin executed except Massoud Rajavi.

February 1979 – Massoud Rajavi released from prison as the revolution swept away the monarchy. Rajavi became spokesman for the Mojahedin (later, Rajavi announced himself as the leader of Mojahedin). 12 member Central Committee including Massoud Rajavi take up leadership of Mojahedin.

4 November 1979 Occupation of the American Embassy in Tehran by ‘Students following the line of the Imam’. Rajavi and Mojahedin participated and later demanded the execution of Americans Captured

November 1979 Mojahedin militia formed. Rajavi still the spokesman and member of central committee of Mojahedin

1980 Presidential Elections in Iran for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rajavi’s candidature for President rescinded by Khomeini. Rajavi stood on behalf of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation.

1980 Iraq invades southern Iran and war is declared between the two nations. Rajavi and Mojahedin refused to fight alongside Iranian army.

May 1981 Khomeini dismisses Abol Hassan Bani Sadr as President. Mojahedin and Rajavi tried to distance Bani Sadr from Khomeini.

20th June 1981 (30th Khordad 1361) Mojahedin now headed by Massoud Rajavi hold a spontaneous demonstration of 500,000 supporters (Rajavi and Mojahedin claimed) who marched on parliament (Majlis). Khomeini orders crackdown and over 30 are killed. Beginning of mass arbitrary arrests and execution.

29th July 1981 Rajavi and Bani Sadr escape to Paris and together establish the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The NCRI has 12 members including the Mojahedin. Rajavi claimed to be the head of National Council or Resistance and not the representative of Mojahedin. Rajavi appointed another representative for Mojahedin.

8th February 1982 Mousa Khiabani the Mojahedin’s Commander inside Iran (who did not run away with Massoud Rajavi)  is killed in a gun battle with Khomeini’s forces. Rajavi’s wife Ashraf Rabii is also killed. Massoud Rajavi marries Bani Sadr’s daughter Firouzeh in a matter of few months.

24th March 1983 Bani Sadr publicly announces his separation from the National Council of Resistance because of disagreements over Rajavi’s relations with Iraq. Massoud Rajavi had been getting very close to Saddam Hussein.

1983 Mojahedin forced out of bases in Iranian Kurdistan by Iranian Pasdaran. Rajavi signs a Peace Treaty with Iraq (Saddam Hussein) and Mojahedin forces establish camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.

1984 Rajavi divorces Firouzeh Bani Sadr. Rajavi claims to have done every thing to stop this but this is going to be a good thing for Mojahedin.

February 1985 Massoud Rajavi marries Maryam Abrishamchi (nee Azodanlou) in a public (members) ceremony after she divorces her husband, Central Committee member of Mojahedin Mehdi Abrishamchi. Massoud Rajavi declares himself and Maryam Rajavi co-leaders of the Mojahedin and terms this an ‘Ideological Revolution’. The marriage of Maryam Rajavi and Massoud Rajavi is the start of the path for Mojahedin to become "Rajavi cult"

14th April 1985 Massoud Rajavi and his new wife Maryam Rajavi expel the Kurdish Democratic Party led by Ghassemlou from the National Council of Resistance.

1986 France asks Rajavi to leave Paris.

June 1986 Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi take the Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance headquarters to Iraq.

June 1987 Mojahedin forces receive training from the Iraqi army and the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) is established. Maryam Rajavi appointed Deputy Commander in Chief of the NLA by Massoud Rajavi.

7 December 1987 The French government expel 14 Mojahedin members to Gabon a former French colony in Africa. Mojahedin establish hunger strikes in front of French embassies in Europe for over 40 days before the members are returned. Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi send messages of Resistance against the French Government.

18 June 1988 Operation Chehel Cheraq into Iran reaches Mehran city. The joint operation of Mojahedin and Iraqi army is headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.

3 July An Iranian airbus downed by USS Vincennes. All 293 passengers killed. Massoud Rajavi condemned the US action.

18 July 1988 Iran and Iraq accept UN Security Council Resolution 598 to end their eight year war. Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi had claimed that the only way to peace is the total overthrow of the Iranian Regime by Mojahedin.

25 July 1988 the Mojahedin headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi undertake operation Forouq-e Javidan (aka Eternal Light or Mersad), a military invasion of Iran which is ambushed by the Iranian military. Over 2000 Mojahedin forces are killed.

20 August 1988 cease-fire effective between Iran and Iraq after eight years of war.

3rd June 1989 death of Khomeini. Rajavi had claimed the the Iranian regime will be toppled by losing its head. Contrary to his word, he did not launch an attack on Iran.

October 1989 Massoud Rajavi announces the Internal Revolution. Maryam Rajavi is appointed Secretary General of the Mojahedin. Massoud Rajavi declares himself Ideological Leader of the resistance movement. Married members of Mojahedin are required by the leadership (Massoud and Maryam Rajavi) to divorce.

1991 Massoud and Maryam Rajavi announce that the Mojahedin Central Committee has been expanded to several hundred members.

February 1991 The Gulf War. Rajavi orders children to be evacuated from Iraq and sent to the west for fostering.

March 1991 Morvarid operation in which Mojahedin forces use tanks to quell Kurdish rebellions in the north of Iraq. The suppression ordered by Saddam Hussein, carried out by Mojahedin was headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.

18th October 1991 NLA (Mojahedin) military parade in the presence of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi held in Ashraf camp, Iraq as a show of military strength.

19th October 1991 Eleven more members added to the National Council of Resistance making it 22 strong.

April 1992 Iran bombs Mojahedin bases in Iraq. Massoud and Maryam Rajavi survive the attack.  Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance launch simultaneous arson attacks on Iranian embassies in thirteen western capitals.

21 December 1992 National Council of Resistance expanded from 21 to 150 members to include more Mojahedin personnel. NCRI officially becomes an extension of the Rajavi cult.

August 1993 National Council of Resistance (headed by Rajavi) expanded to 235 members to include more Mojahedin personnel. National Council of Resistance sets up eighteen committees. National Council of Resistance (headed by Massoud Rajavi) decides to appoint Maryam Rajavi as President elect of the Democratic Islamic Republic of Iran [after the overthrow of the current Islamic Republic of Iran].

10th August 1993 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) unanimously elect all-women Leadership Council of 12 members and 12 deputies. The Mojahedin Central Committee is trebled from 1991 levels to 2,600 members.

October 1993 Maryam Rajavi made President elect for the future Iran by the NCRI. Fahimeh Arvani appointed Secretary General of the Mojahedin. Massoud Rajavi the Ideological leader of the cult.

1993 Maryam Rajavi sent to France by Massoud Rajavi to win back western political support.

1994 US Foreign Affairs Committee commission the State Department to report on the Mojahedin (Rajavi Cult). The subsequent report describes the Mojahedin as a personality cult and says that the organisation is terrorist in nature.

August 1995 National Council of Resistance expanded to 560 members (all Mojahedin members). Committees increased from 18 to 25.

October 1995 Maryam Rajavi visits Norway and addresses City Hall, Oslo on behalf of Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance.

21 June 1996 Earl’s Court concert held in London. Maryam Rajavi speaks.

June 1996 Maryam Rajavi speaks to a private meeting of British parliamentarians.

August 1996 National Council of Resistance now has 572 members. Only 6 are political parties, including the Mojahedin organisation. over 90 percent are officially from Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (Rajavi Cult)

1996 Maryam Rajavi recalled to Iraq by her husband Massoud Rajavi after the failure of her mission.

1996 UK Charity Commission begins investigation into Iran Aid Charity over alleged fundraising for Mojahedin and Rajavi cult.

1997 UK Charity Commission close Iran Aid Charity.

1997 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) withdraw all personnel to Iraq. Launch at least ten cross-border attacks on Iran.

October 1997 US State Department designates the Mojahedin headed by Rajavi a terrorist organisation according to the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of the same year.

April 1999 the Mojahedin headed by Massoud and Maryam Rajavi targeted key Iranian military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff, Shirazi

February 2000 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) launch operation Great Bahman with a dozen military attacks against Iran.

April 2000 the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) attempted to assassinate the commander of the Nasr Headquarters, Tehran’s interagency board responsible for coordinating policies on Iraq.

United Kingdom lists Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as a proscribed organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000.

11 September 2001 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) make no comment on terrorism following the World Trade Centre disaster. Witnesses say the event was celebrated in the group's bases throughout the world.

21 December 2001 German High Court closes 25 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) bases in Germany over social security misuse and fraud. Several million marks had been used to buy weapons.

2000 and 2001 the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) was involved regularly in 213 mortar attacks and hit-and-run raids on Iranian military and law enforcement units and government buildings near the Iran-Iraq border.

May 2002
European Union places Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) on its list of terrorist entities.

18 April 2003
Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) armed forces in Iraq agree a ceasefire with US Commanders.

20 April 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) armed forces in Iraq agree to disarm under US control

3 June 2003 Australian Federal Police raid 10 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) bases in
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

11 June 2003 Iranian students protest in Tehran

17 June 2003
French Police raid Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) headquarters in Paris - arrest leader's wife Maryam Rajavi and over 150 other Mojahedin members on the orders of the anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere

20 June 2003 Anniversary of Mojahedin's mass demonstration in Iran 1981

20 June 2003 Four Iranians (From Rajavi cult) have so far taken part in the fire protests in London this week, after the arrests in Paris of 150 members of the Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin or Rajavi cult.

24 July 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in Iraq refuse to allow families into their camps to visit their relatives

29 July 2003
News reports from Australia implicated Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) activists in an arson attack on a French school

29 July 2003
Maryam Rajavi the co leader of Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in court. French judge questions Rajavi for 6 hours

15 August 2003 US
State Department Amends Terrorist Designation of Mojahedin-e Khalq to add its aliases National Council of Resistance (NCR) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) now all official names for Rajavi cult are listed.

September 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) repeatedly talked of as pawns in a power game between the Pentagon and Iran

11 September 2003 Richard Boucher in a State Department Press Briefing reiterated firstly that "the MEK (Mojahedin Khalq Organisation of Rajavi cult)  is a terrorist organization; second of all, that we are not going to allow terrorist organizations to exist or operate inside Iraq."

27 September 2003 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) deny 300 families of Mojahedin members access to their relatives

2 October 2003 US State Department re-designates the Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance as terrorist entities

10 October 2003 Shirin Ebadi wins Nobel Peace Prize

14 October 2003 FOX News introduces Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) spokesman Alireza Jafarzadeh as its Iran expert

14 October 2003 Canadian Judge Gladys MacPherson rules Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) a terrorist organization prompting a crackdown on Mojahedin finances and activities there

16 October 2003 'Transformations may mark demise of Mojahedin'

22 October 2003 Continued speculation over a possible swap between Iran held Al Qaida operatives and US held Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) operatives

28 October 2003
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee "We shouldn't have been signing a cease-fire with a foreign terrorist organization."

6 November 2003 German Intelligence Service exposes a Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) fraud

25 November 2003 Iran Ready to Offer Amnesty for Low Ranking Mojahedin Khalq Organisation (Rajavi cult) Members: Jalil Talabani

3 December 2003 British House of Lords Debate says fall of Saddam Hussein exposes Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as
international terrorists with six massive military bases inside Iraq

10 December 2003 Iraqi Governing Council votes unanimously to expel Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) from Iraq

26 December 2003 Earthquake in Bam, Iran

27 December 2003 Maryam Rajavi convenes meeting of top Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) officials in Europe to explore ways to exploit the Bam earthquake and raise funds under this banner

30 December 2003 Al Jazeera airs videotape secretly filmed by Saddam Hussein's Intelligence officials of Massoud Rajavi an Mojahedin accepting tanks, and money from Saddam's Secret Service

6 January 2004 Seventeen Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members in US captivity in Iraq have links to Canada but Mojahedin will not let them go - demands whole terrorist organization be taken out together

14 January 2004 American Red Cross implicated in involvement in a Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) fundraiser ostensibly for Bam victims to be held January 24 to promote Maryam Rajavi and raise funds

21 January 2004 US Attorney General John Ashcroft to investigate a charity event for ties to an Iranian terrorist group (Mojahedin or Rajavi cult) backed by Saddam Hussein

22 January 2004 U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo backed out of plans to speak at the fundraiser connected to the Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)

24 January 2004  Rajavi and Mojahedin's financial contacts with foreign terrorists in Norway uncovered

24 January 2004 Former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members hold press conference in Baghdad to demand help from the international community to free dissidents inside the organization who are in Mojahedin and Rajavi prisons

27 January 2004
Iraqi newspaper Al Mada revealed Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) received illegal oil money from Saddam

29 January 2004 Pentagon Advisor Richard Perle criticized for speaking at Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) fundraiser

6 February 2004 Sky News reports film showing Rajavi and Mojahedin plotting with Saddam's Security chief for terrorist activities inside and outside Iraq. The film includes transfer of large amounts of money to finance the operations or Rajavi and Mojahedin

16 March 2004 Families of Mojahedin members appeal to international agencies to stop Rajavi cult from preventing them visiting their relatives

17 March 2004 Five mojahedin members are killed in an armed clash with police in Iraq

14 April 2004 Italian police raid Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) bases in Italy - seize large amounts of documents and computers. Italian police acted to prevent the transfer of Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) HQ in Baghdad to Rome

15 April 2004 Canadian Intelligence Service briefs MP about Rajavi cult threat after he is misled into helping them

May 2004 US Department of State Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003 updates Mojahedin and National Council of Resistance (Rajavi cult) listing as terrorist entity

11 May 2004 Stat Roo magazine reports 12 women Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) leaders have refugee status revoked in Germany

17 May 2004 Nejat Association reports the continuing arrival in Iran of dissenting Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) who have fled Ashraf camp. Dissent is rife inside the camp say the escapees

24 May 2004 UK Labour MP Steve McCabe accused of supporting terrorism as he attends National Council of Resistance (Rajavi cult) meeting. In August 2003 the USA designated the National council of resistance (Rajavi cult) part of the MKO/PMOI (Mojahedin) terrorist entity

14 June 2004 Win Griffiths, MP, Sir Teddy Taylor, MP, an independent journalist and Iran-Interlink visit Ebrahim Khodabandeh and Jamil Bassam and other Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) prisoners in Evin prison, Tehran

17 June 2004 Former Mojahedin and Rajavi cult members seminar in Paris to raise awareness of Rajavi cult involvement in Iraqi terrorism, war crimes and human rights abuses

17 June 2004 One year anniversary of arrest of Maryam Azdonlou (aka Rajavi) in Paris. Azdonlou (Rajavi)  is still awaiting trial on terrorism charges

30 June 2004 Ali Reza Jaafar Zadeh, Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) spokesman in FOX News, continues to be exposed as a peddler of unsubstantiated rumours

9 July 2004 US Court of Appeals upholds decision that National Council of Resistance and Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) are terrorist entities

26 July 2004 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) in Ashraf camp, Iraq granted 'protected status' under Fourth Geneva Convention. US State Department stresses it still regards Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) as a terrorist entity and is in talks to repatriate individual members to Iran on a voluntary basis

2 September 2004 Iranian judiciary prepares a complaint against Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) to present in to an Iraqi special court

13 September 2004 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) duped Swedish schoolchildren into attending a pro-Mojahedin demo in Brussels, along with paying tens of Afghan refugees to pose as Iranian supporters

14 September 2004 Jack Straw, UK Foreign Secretary told reporters there were no grounds for removing Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) from terror list: "they were and remain a terrorist organization".

29 September 2004 Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) agent in Germany arrested after kidnap attempt on former member in Cologne shopping street

30 September 2004 Chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer reports Saddam Hussein used the United Nations-managed Oil-for-Food program to provide millions of dollars in subsidies to Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)

October 2004 First voluntary repatriations begun from Camp Ashraf under auspices of Red Cross and Red Crescent. Seven former Mojahedin members returned successfully to their families.

19 November 2004 Antiwar Americans and Iranians protest against Mojahedin (Rajavi cult)  in Washington

20 November 2004 Draft statement for Sharm Al Sheikh conference deals with Mojahedin Khalq or Rajavi cult as a foreign terrorist group in Iraq

20 December 2004 A US federal appeals court Monday reinstated indictments against seven defendants accused of raising money for a terrorist organization Mojahedin Khalq or Rajavi cult with links to ousted Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.

20 December 2004 28 former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members voluntarily repatriated from Camp Ashraf.

12 January 2005 13 former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members voluntarily repatriated from Camp Ashraf.

10 February 2005 German police ban Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) rally in Berlin over fears of violence by the group.

24 February 2005 British academic Ali Ansari wins public apology after slander trial over comments made in the Mojahedin's book Enemies of the Ayatollahs by Mohammed Mohaddessin (Representative of Rajavi cult). Publisher Zed Books Ltd agreed not to republish the book and all relevant copies of the book had been recalled and the offending material destroyed

25 February 2005 Over 230 former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members attended a meeting in the ICRI office in Baghdad to formally request to be freed and repatriated to Iran.

9 March 2005 A new group of 132 former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members repatriated. Another group of 100 returned to Iran earlier this month.

29 March 2005 former Mojahedin (Rajavi cult) members protest to French parliament to help free Rajavi's captives from Iraqi camp.


New document on Mojahedin Khalq released by RAND

(The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq, A Policy Conundrum)




RAND, August 05, 2009

(Camp Ashraf)

A new document (133pages) was released today by RAND

About RAND: ... For more than 60 years, the RAND Corporation has pursued its nonprofit mission by conducting research on important and complicated problems. Initially, RAND focused on issues of national security. Eventually, RAND expanded its intellectual reserves ...

*   *   *

Link to the document (pdf file)

... A RAND study examined the evolution of this controversial decision, which has left the United States open to charges of hypocrisy in the war on terrorism. An examination of MeK activities establishes its cultic practices and its deceptive recruitment and public relations strategies. A series of coalition decisions served to facilitate the MeK leadership's control over its members. The government of Iraq wants to expel the group, but no country other than Iran will accept it. Thus, the RAND study concludes that the best course of action would be ...  

Link to the document (pdf file)

(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi the cult leaders)


Also read:

U.S. Handling of Mujahedin-E-Khalq Since U.S. Invasion of Iraq Is Examined

(The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq , A Policy Conundrum)



Jeremiah Goulka, Lydia Hansell, Elizabeth Wilke, Judith Larson, RAND, August 04, 2009

(Massoud Rajavi and Saddam Hussein)

At the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Coalition forces classified the Mujahedin-e Khalq, a militant organization from Iran with cult-like elements that advocates the overthrow of Iran's current government, as an enemy force.

The MeK had provided security services to Saddam Hussein from camps established in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War to fight Iran in collaboration with Saddam's forces and resources. A new study from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, looks at how coalition forces handled this group following the invasion.

Although the MeK is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States, coalition forces never had a clear mission on how to deal with it.

After a ceasefire was signed between Coalition forces and the MeK, the U.S. Secretary of Defense designated this group's members as civilian "protected persons" rather than combatant prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. The coalition's treatment of the MeK leaves it – and the United States in particular – open to charges of hypocrisy, offering security to a terrorist group rather than breaking it up.

Research suggests that most of the MeK rank-and-file are neither terrorists nor freedom fighters, but trapped and brainwashed people who would be willing to return to Iran if they were separated from the MeK leadership. Many members were lured to Iraq from other countries with false promises, only to have their passports confiscated by the MeK leadership, which uses physical abuse, imprisonment, and other methods to keep them from leaving.

Iraq wants to expel the group, but no country other than Iran will accept it. The RAND study suggests the best course of action would have been to repatriate MeK rank-and-file members back to Iran, where they have been granted amnesty since 2003. To date, Iran appears to have upheld its commitment to MeK members in Iran. The study also concludes better guidelines be established for the possible detention of members of designated terrorist organizations.

The study, "The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum," can be found here. 

 For more information, or to arrange an interview with the authors, contact Lisa Sodders in the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 393-0411, ext. 7139, or [email protected].

Learn More

iconFull Document (

iconNational Security Research Area (

iconE-mail sign up (

 *     *     *

 No Exit
Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps

 No Exit
Human Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps
French Farsi/Persian

I. Summary


II. Background

III. Rise of Dissent inside the MKO

Operation Eternal Light

Compulsory Divorce

“Security Clearances”

IV. Human Rights Abuses in the MKO Camps

V. Testimonies

Mohammad Hussein Sobhani

Yasser Ezati

Farhad Javaheri-Yar

Ali Ghashghavi

Alireza Mir Asgari

Akbar Akbari

Sayed Amir Mowaseghi

May 2005

 *     *     *

Wahsington backed terrorists used to discredit Iranian demands for justice

Fox News Channel: Communist Terrorist Television for Dupes



Professor Paul Sheldon Foote, USA, June 20, 2009

On October 1, 2007, I posted “Fox News Channel: Communist Terrorist Television for Dupes”.

On June 20, 2009, the Fox News Channel devoted the entire day of live programming to coverage of the unrest in Iran. For supporters of the Iranian communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists, there was no need to watch their Sima Azadi television channel via satellite. Throughout the day, the Fox News Channel provided favorable coverage for the communist terrorists. Some examples were:

During the 11:00 – 11:30 AM (PST) segment, Fox News Channel showed MEK supporters in front of the White House waving their communist flags. The panelists for this segment, Charles Krauthammer and Courtney Kealy, failed to identify or to condemn the supporters of the communist terrorists. These terrorists have murdered American military officers, Rockwell International employees, and large numbers of Iranian and Iraqi civilians. In September 2002, former President George W. Bush’s White House published a background paper for Bush’s remarks at the United Nations listing the MEK as a pretext for the Iraq War. In 2003, American and coalition forces attacked and killed some of the MEK terrorists at Camp Ashraf, Iraq.

In a later segment, Congressman Darryl Issa (Republican—California) commented that empowerment of people has changed Communist China for the better!

During Shepard Smith’s segment, Smith showed a video of the MEK rally in Paris, France and identified them as the PMOI. The only negative reference to the MEK occurred when Amy Kellogg speculated that the MEK might be responsible for a possible suicide bombing at Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran. Shepard Smith neither responded nor indicated that PMOI and MEK are two names for the same communist terrorist organization.

During Geraldo Rivera’s segment, former Senator Rick Santorum, who was a strong supporter of the MEK in the United States Senate, noted that former Senator (and now Vice President) Biden had originally opposed the Iran Freedom Support Act.  

Then, Geraldo Rivera showed video of Maryam Rajavi’s MEK rally in Paris, France and interviewed Fox News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst, who headed the NCRI office in Washington, DC until the Federal Government closed the office.

In 2007, Fox News Channel viewers could claim to have been duped by relying upon the Fox News Channel for news. Now, Fox News Channel viewers have no excuses. Those who rely upon the Fox News Channel as a source of accurate news are traitors to all Americans who fought or died fighting communists. Americans do not need to look to Iran or to the Middle East in search for America’s worst enemies. America’s worst enemies are in America.

(Daniel Zucker, Maryam Rajavi and ALi Safavi)

(Ali Safavi as the commander of Saddam's Private Army in Iraq)

(Maryam Rajavi directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish people)

(Rabbi Daniel Zucker with Maryam Rajavi!)

 *     *     *

Also read:

On the occasion of American Independence Day



By Massoud Khodabandeh, July 04, 2009

All kinds of interesting news has been coming out of the USA during the past couple of weeks. Not least the news of large scale organised American support for Mirhossein Mousavi the defeated Iranian presidential candidate. Notably Mr Mousavi served as the Islamic Republic’s Prime Minister in the early years of the Islamic Republic when the same Americans were calling him the henchman of Ayatollah Khomeini, etc.

It is widely believed that this support for Mirhosein Mousavi under the banner of a so-called “green revolution” has been part of a failed coup orchestrated by the regime change advocates who intended to bring a puppet Middle Eastern style “President” to rule Iran. If this had happened, President Obama would be able to make his next message to the Moslem World under the new Iranian flag rather than under the Egyptian flag alongside “President” Mobarak. But it did not happen and perhaps it could not happen taking into consideration obvious facts on the ground, which have been ignored by the USA for the last 30 years.

There are, of course, others who simply believe that the hugely expensive and costly support of the US Government for the “green revolution of the people of Iran” is down to the commitment of the US Government to bringing DEMOCRACY and HUMAN RIGHTS (yes I am talking about the US of A) to countries across the globe.
Whichever way you may look at it, I am sure you would agree that the most hilarious, and at the same time, sad position has been that taken by American law makers who advocate support for the same terrorists who have killed American servicemen.

On the occasion of American Independence Day, let us remember the people who lost their lives for their country and wonder at those people who stand today under the same flag only to LOBBY for the murderers of their servicemen.


"… At a Capitol Hill press conference on June 26th, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, declared the U.S. should explicitly side with Iranian "resistance groups", including the MEK, which he described as a "democratic, non-nuclear, secular group fighting for freedom for all the people in Iran." The U.S. State Department notes that the MEK "advocates the violent overthrow of the Iranian regime and was responsible for the assassination of several U.S. military personnel and civilians in the 1970’s," and that the group maintains "the capacity and will to commit terrorist acts in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Canada, and beyond …"

"… Lewis Lee Hawkins, the only son of Herman and Mary Webster Hawkins, was born in Chicago, Illinois on 8 August 1930. Herman and Mary would eventually move and raise their family in Plymouth, Indiana… His final assignment came in July 1972 when he was attached to the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group to the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces in Tehran, Iran. Annette and Lee joined Lewis in Tehran where they lived in the Abass-Abad neighborhood. On the morning of 2 June 1973, as Lewis was walking from his home to a street corner to be picked up by his driver, two terrorists riding a motorcycle fired at point-blank range and fired two or three shots killing Lewis instantly. Lewis was survived by his wife Annette; three sons, Terry, Ronald, and Lee; his parents, Herman and Mary Hawkins of Rowan, Iowa; and two sisters Mary Duran of Plymouth and Mona Crocker of Belmond, Iowa. His daughter preceded him in death…"


Captain Lewis Lee Hawkins

(Photograph courtesy Annette Hawkins)




 *     *     *

Iraq's National Security Advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie on Camp Ashraf, Massoud Rajavi and 'Detoxifying' MEK Members

Reuters, April 06, 2009

Iraq's National Security Advisor
Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie

LONDON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In an interview with Anne Singleton of Iran-Interlink, Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie, Iraq 's national security advisor clarified his approach to the Government of Iraq's decision to remove the Iranian terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK, aka MKO, PMOI) from the country.

Responsibility for Camp Ashraf was handed over to the Government of Iraq by the Coalition Forces in January this year. Since then, Dr. al Rubaie's plan for the difficult task of dismantling an extremist cult has revealed an enlightened, humanitarian approach which could become a blueprint for tackling similar organisations worldwide.

Dr. al Rubaie explained, "This is an indoctrinated and tightly disciplined organization of extremist zealots who have employed terrorism and at times even self-immolation to secure their aims. In normal everyday language we can say that they have been "brainwashed". He added, "The Government of Iraq does not deal with the MEK as an organization. We deal with the residents as individuals."

Under observation by the ICRC and the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, Dr. al Rubaie has focused efforts to protect the individuals inside the camp following allegations that human rights abuses are being perpetrated by MEK leaders against the residents. To this end he said, "We believe that if we can separate individuals from the all-encompassing domination by their leaders, we can allow them to begin to exercise their rights as individuals and make appropriate choices. That is, we hope to remove them from the toxic effects of their indoctrination and leaders."

In response to the many obstacles thrown up by the MEK to their removal from Camp Ashraf, Dr al Rubaie told Iran-Interlink, "The Iraqi Army unit posted to defend and secure Camp Ashraf has exercised patience and extreme restraint in spite of the staged provocations and demonstrations that Ashraf's self-appointed leaders have launched in defiance of the legitimate exercise by the Government of Iraq of its sovereignty." "Ashraf is not above the law," said Dr. al Rubaie.

Asked what can the UK , European and other western governments do to help resettle the MEK, Dr. al Rubaie replied, "These governments can agree to allow their citizens and others who have status in their country to return."

For the full interview see

        Anne Singleton
        [email protected]


Read the full report:

An Interview with Iraq’s National Security Advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie

 about Camp Ashraf by Anne Singleton

 April 5, 2009


... Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie: We have and will continue to treat the residents of Camp Ashraf humanely and in accordance with Iraqi law and international law and conventions. We will not initiate acts of violence against them. We do expect them to cooperate in our efforts to exercise our sovereignty according to the rule of law. Should they choose extremist acts such as self-immolation, it will be their decision which we would regret...

Anne Singleton, Iran Interlink, April 05, 2009


After 2003 the disarmed Iranian terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organisation was consolidated from various locales in Iraq and protected by US forces at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province; a bizarre anomaly in Iraqi and coalition efforts to bring unity and peace to the country. The Government of Iraq has long regarded the MEK as a foreign terrorist group which continues to threaten internal security and is culpable for aiding Saddam Hussein in the violent suppression of Kurdish and Shia uprisings in 1991. Successive announcements in 2008 by President Jalal Talabani and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari made clear their government’s determination to expel all the MEK members as soon as possible.

But solving the conundrum as to why the group has been protected and promoted by western interests for all this time has become clearer since January this year when responsibility for Camp Ashraf was handed over to the Government of Iraq by the Coalition Forces. As the Government of Iraq has moved swiftly to fulfil its decision to expel members of the MEK from the country, so the protests by those who have a stake in the continued presence of the group have intensified.

During March, three debates were held in the UK parliament by members supporting the MEK. In spite of being on the US terrorism list since 1997, CBS and CNN news channels have broadcast MEK films showing its personnel obstructing Iraqi authorities as they try to perform their duties. Additionally, the Washington Post has quoted an MEK spokesman in which he is threatening the Government of Iraq that “a human catastrophe" will follow further action.

Even though Europe and the UK have un-proscribed the group as it claims to no longer believe in violence, no moves have been made to have European and British citizens and those with residency rights removed from Camp Ashraf to safety. Instead, powerful lobbies who have used the MEK for their own interests are continuing their efforts to force the Government of Iraq to maintain the infrastructure of a terrorist organisation in its country. Keeping the group in Iraq can only serve the interests of those Saddamists who still believe the group will give them leverage over the Government of Iraq.

Spearheading Government plans to remove the MEK is Iraq’s national security advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie. His role is to advise the Government of Iraq and coordinate policies and activity in relation to national security and intelligence matters.

Over several months Dr. al Rubaie has fielded criticisms and attacks with repeated assurances that the residents of Camp Ashraf will be treated according to international human rights standards and that none would be forcibly repatriated. To date, nothing has occurred at Camp Ashraf to give any cause for concern to human rights organisations. In recent weeks two MEK members departed Camp Ashraf voluntarily. One confessed that he had been instructed to commit suicide in order to implicate Iraq’s Army. These two men, who were protected and comfortably accommodated by the Iraqi Government under observation by the ICRC and the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, spoke openly of the human rights violations perpetrated by the leaders on MEK members. It was partly in response to this information that Dr. al Rubaie has focused efforts to protect the individuals inside the camp.

Indeed Dr. al Rubaie’s plan for the difficult task of dismantling an extremist cult has revealed an enlightened, humanitarian approach which could become a blueprint for tackling similar organisations worldwide.

However, as the clamour continues, I asked Dr. al Rubaie for an interview in order to further clarify his Government’s approach to events at Camp Ashraf.


Anne Singleton: You want to move the residents from Camp Ashraf for their own protection, yet the MEK commanders say they must remain in Camp Ashraf. What do you think motivates them?
Mowaffak al Rubaie: The self-appointed leaders at Camp Ashraf will have to speak for themselves. What I will address is how the residents of Camp Ashraf have cooperated or not cooperated with the policies and decisions of the Government of Iraq. The GOI does not deal with the MEK as an organization. We deal with the residents as individuals. The GOI has informed them that as members of a foreign terrorist organization they cannot remain in Iraq and must choose whether to return to their country of citizenship or some other country. Remaining in Iraq is not an option. The GOI has taken steps to assure their security while beginning to exercise sovereignty at Camp Ashraf as we do in every other part of our country. Ashraf is not above the law. Any infractions of Iraqi law will be handled by the GOI authorities with attention to due process and humanitarian standards. To date, the residents of Camp Ashraf have created a series of obstacles to the legitimate exercise of sovereignty by the GOI and this will not be tolerated. They must cooperate in order to avoid obstructing our authorities carrying out their legitimate duties.

AS: Some observers speculate that MEK leader Massoud Rajavi is in the anti-nuclear bunker inside Camp Ashraf and that is why the commanders refuse to move. Do you think this is possible?
MR: We do not know exactly what is within the bounds of Camp Ashraf. The GOI has informed the residents that we will diligently and progressively examine all areas of Ashraf to ensure there is no contraband, that there are no illegal activities taking place, and that they must cooperate with this legitimate exercise of Iraqi sovereignty and enforcement of the rule of law.

AS: You have spoken of ‘detoxifying’ the people in Camp Ashraf. Could you explain what this means and why you feel it is necessary? What do you hope to achieve?
MR: As you know from observing the behavior of the MEK and from their history, this is an indoctrinated and tightly disciplined organization of extremist zealots who have employed terrorism and at times even self-immolation to secure their aims. In normal everyday language we can say that they have been "brainwashed". As is common in organizations of this type, the indoctrination and discipline rely on the continuous pressure of their leaders and the total control by them of their environment. Therefore, individuals have little ability to exercise their free will because they exist in this closed environment and fear for personal reprisals if they are discovered to have deviated from the approved line of responses. As we strive to determine from each individual where they wish to go since they cannot remain in Iraq, we are conducting individual surveys and a census which are open to oversight by the ICRC and the UN. We believe that if we can separate individuals from the all-encompassing domination by their leaders, we can allow them to begin to exercise their rights as individuals and make appropriate choices. That is, we hope to remove them from the toxic effects of their indoctrination and leaders.

AS: CBS and CNN have been broadcasting clips showing women shouting at and insulting Iraqi soldiers from behind closed gates. Could tell us more about what these scenes depict.
MR: You will have to ask CBS and CNN when and under what circumstances they obtained their filmed scenes. What I can tell you is that the Iraqi Army unit posted to defend and secure Camp Ashraf has been in full control since 20 February and has exercised patience and extreme restraint in spite of the staged provocations and demonstrations that Ashraf's self-appointed leaders have launched in defiance of the legitimate exercise by the GOI of its sovereignty.

AS: Families are concerned about having access to their relatives without MEK minders being present. Do you see a time in the near future that such visits can be facilitated?
MR: The GOI has already facilitated visits by families and has provided the residents of Camp Ashraf written procedures which are fully permissive. Our security forces at Camp Ashraf have and will continue to facilitate legitimate family visits with no interference by either the MEK or anyone else. These visits are also completely open to ICRC and UN observation. The MEK have been the obstacle to establishing a comfortable facility for such family visits.

AS: The MEK claim that the Government of Iraq has not allowed medical personnel or medical supplies into the camp and that this has resulted in the deaths of some women and that others are dying. They want ICRC and UNHCR intervention. What is your response to this allegation?
MR: These allegations are false and baseless.

AS: The MEK’s supporters have paid millions in legal fees to have the group removed from the UK and European Council terrorism lists. Have any of the group’s western supporters offered to help remove these people to their countries?
MR: The GOI has communicated with ambassadors from the European Union and all other countries we suspect have citizens or persons with some claim to residency in their countries. We have asked them to offer to allow those with status in their countries to return and to consider hosting others who may want to reside in their countries. We have facilitated visits by representatives of these countries to Camp Ashraf. We are hopeful that this level of openness and transparency by the GOI will persuade these countries to allow such returns.

AS: In your view, what can the UK, European and other western governments do to help resettle the MEK?
MR: These governments can agree to allow their citizens and others who have status in their country to return.

AS: The Washington Post quoted MEK member Mohammad Mohaddessin clearly threatening that self-immolations similar to 2003 and other suicide acts would be performed by the residents of Camp Ashraf. What is your response to this?
MR: We have and will continue to treat the residents of Camp Ashraf humanely and in accordance with Iraqi law and international law and conventions. We will not initiate acts of violence against them. We do expect them to cooperate in our efforts to exercise our sovereignty according to the rule of law. Should they choose extremist acts such as self-immolation, it will be their decision which we would regret.


 *     *     *

ادوارد ترمادو، به عبارتی دیگر، بی بی سی، مارس 2011


Lord Corbett (lord of terror) on BBC, August 2011


مسعود رجوی حکم قتل، شکنجه و اعدام مجاهدین بریده از سازمان را صادر می کند


Video: Families outside Camp Liberty june 2015

For more information contact Iran Interlink group

part of Middle East Strategy Consultants