Richard Boucher, Department of state’s spokesman, reiterated that Mojahedin were fully integrated in Saddam’s command and control and they were a real threat for coalition forces.
According to WashingtonFile, a reporter asked him: “do you have any language on the Mujahedin-e Khalq, the Foreign Terrorist Organization whose bases have been targeted recently by U.S. military in Iraq?
BOUCHER: The answer is yes. I just have to find it. But the language I have is to say what you just told me, that Mujahedin-e Khalq is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, as we note in our Patterns of Global Terrorism Report. This group mixes Marxist ideology and Islam and is engaged in anti-Western attacks, including support for the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and terrorist attacks inside Iran during the 1970s that killed several U.S. military personnel and civilians.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq's forces were fully integrated with Saddam Hussein's command and control, therefore constituted legitimate military targets that posed a threat to coalition forces.And, obviously, on the targeting of those facilities I would refer you to CENTCOM.
QUESTION: Well, Richard, then, can you address -- because it also says
in the Patterns of Global Terrorism that an alias for this group is the National Council of Resistance. Am I correct?
MR. BOUCHER: Yeah, a front organization with financial ties.
QUESTION: Front organization, right. These people have an office in the National Press Club and give press conferences regularly at hotels around Washington, including at the Willard, which is less than, you know, less than a mile from the White House.
Can you explain how, if these people are a legitimate military target in a war against Iraq, they are allowed to do this in the UnitedStates?
MR. BOUCHER: I'll check.
QUESTION: Thank you".
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