MKO Defected Member Reiterates Terrorist Nature of Organization
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A defected member of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) revealed new aspects of brutal assassinations carried out by the notorious group in the past, saying that the MKO is an inherently terrorist organization.
During a press conference here in Tasnim News Agency on Monday evening, a defected member of the MKO, Samad Nazari, touched on some of the activities the terrorist organization has carried out against the Islamic Republic in the past years.
“The MKO is a terrorist organization in nature,” Nazari stated, adding that members of the infamous organization have been in constant contact with western intelligence agencies.
He further made it clear that the MKO ringleader, Masoud Rajavi, strongly believes in carrying out assassinations as the only way to achieve his purposes, and noted that the ruthless ringleader has always talked of bloodshed and massacre.
Rajavi was the one who had to approve the death warrant of intended people, and soon afterwards the MKO high-ranking commanders assigned different terrorists the job of assassinating those people, the defected member said.
He further revealed that a number of prominent Iranian figures had been assassinated on orders of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who had given the MKO a camp and provided it with arms.
“Assassination of Sayyad Shirazi was one of those assassinations demanded by Saddam,” Nazari added.
Major General Ali Sayyad Shirazi, former deputy chief of staff of Iran's Armed Forces, was assassinated on April 10, 1999 by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization.
Sayyad Shirazi served as the commander of Iranian Army Ground Force during eight years of war imposed on the country under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s.
The ex-MKO member went on to say that Rajavi always sought to mastermind a plan to assassinate Commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani.
“Rajavi used to say that anybody who gets the opportunity should assassinate him (Major General Soleimani),” Nazari explained.
The MKO is considered as a terrorist group since it has been behind many cases of bombings and assassinations against the Iranian officials and people.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and set up its camp near the Iranian border.
Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.
The group also fought alongside the regime of Saddam Hussein during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war on Iran in 1980s.