After an article was published in Washington post which had criticized Pentagon fundamentalists for supporting terrorist
After an article was published in Washington post which had criticized Pentagon fundamentalists for supporting terrorist group of MKO (Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization) in Iraq and for allowing this group to re-establish their organization and start new terrorist acts, Pentagon officials who were embracing their new friends suddenly started denying the report.
Available documents confirm the report of this daily, although there are still no reports of MKO forces infiltrating into Iran's soil; however, MKO members have started new terrorists acts by establishing their TV channel, holding meetings and getting back their spying center in Baghdad, establishing radio and internet communications with Paris Center which are all done under the supervision of Pentagon.
But most worrying matter is the activities of MKO members in Iran and against Iranian citizens. Pentagon reports this with a false news item.
They have announced that some 1000 MKO members have separated from the group and have gone to mountainous areas between Iran-Iraq borders (by this sentence, Pentagon officials mean these guys are not reachable and are out of control) and that they are ready to attack U.S. troops, Iran and Kurds!!
These 1000 MKO members want to attack Iran and the U.S. troops at a time!!!
According to undeniable documents, after MKO bases were bombed, all their forces gathered together and went to Ashraf Base. They took a long and difficult way to reach there. Nobody had separated from the group for security reasons. The only report indicates that 3 MKO members had fled to Kurdish areas by themselves.
Besides, those who are familiar with MKO know that these forces are not familiar with mountainous ways and routes. Rajavi is ruling a group where the members of that group only think to their own freedom and nothing more.
More important matter is related to the number of MKO members which has been 3800 before and after U.S. war on Iraq.
So, this report by Pentagon can only be something to prepare people for terrorist acts of MKO members in borders and instigating Iranian forces. This plan is being performed directly under the supervision of Pentagon, Rumsfeld and his deputies.
There's no doubt that the U.S. will have to pay a high price for such embarrassing acts. Saddam denied supporting this group, but MKO members revealed MKO-Iraqi Intelligence Service ties after they were arrested.
There are 2 reports regarding this issue:
MKO members in Ashraf Base are under detention
the U.S. military says it is still holding almost 4,000 Iranian rebel fighters from the People's Mujahedeen or Mujahedeen-e Khalq in Iraq.
The commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez, said Thursday that fighters have been disarmed and are under guard by coalition forces.
General Sanchez was responding to a report in the Washington Post newspaper that said the U.S. State Department suspected Pentagon officials of allowing the Iranian opposition group to continue operating from Iraq.
The rebels seek to overthrow the government of Iran. The U.S. government lists the People's Mujahedeen as a terrorist organization.
Division In MKO Forces; attacking Iran and U.S. troops
Splinter elements within the People's Mujahedeen have taken to the rugged mountains separating Iran and Iraq, and were preparing to wage attacks against US troops, ethnic Kurds and Tehran, local officials and military sources said. But US commanders and local sources insist their capabilities are limited after the bulk of Mujahedeen, also known by its Persian name Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), hatched a deal with coalition authorities and withdrew to nearby Camp Ashraf in April.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Cantwell, Commandant of Camp Ashraf, said the 4,000 MEK members in the former Mujahedeen base were consolidated, detained, disarmed and were being screened for any past terrorist acts.
"All vehicles, arms and ammunition is under coalition control, they do not even carry a bayonet," Cantwell, a Battalion Commander with the 324 Military Police, said.
The MEK has been classified by Washington as a terrorist outfit but Cantwell said this did not mean that each member of the MEK was a terrorist, hence the screening process to determine each individual's legal status.
"It's about restraint of the use of force and compliance with the Geneva Conventions, we're especially trained in that, and that's why we're here," Cantwell said.
He said the screening process and heavy restrictions on movement was taking a toll on the Mujahedeen, who are only allowed routine shopping trips into the town of Khalis under a heavy military escort.
"There's nothing here that's cushy and there is a fair degree of anxiety among them about their future," he told AFP.
The MEK was a well-armed, secular fighting force that with backing from Saddam Hussein had continued a guerrilla insurgency against the hardline Islamic government in Tehran since the Iran-Iran war ended in 1988.
Their equipment included British Chieftain and Russian T-55 tanks.One military source said the MEK had initially fled its bases along the Iranian border in southern Iraq as the United States was preparing to launch its March 20 invasion of Iraq from Kuwait.
The source, and members of the local branch of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the main political parties in the area, said about 5,000 rebels then converged on the two bases near Jalawla about 30 kilometres (24 miles) west of the Iranian border in late March.
Those bases are now empty of rebels, occupied solely by looters and scrap-metal merchants who moved in after the Mujahedeen shifted to Camp Ashraf.
Deputy chief of the PUK branch in nearby Saadhiyah, Abdul al-Karim Mahmud, said the Americans began bombing the bases at about the same time as Saddam was being ousted from power on April 9.
"But the bombings were designed to frighten the MEK, not kill them, and then there were long negotiations with the Americans and the MEK," he said.
He said eventually a deal was hammered out and most of the MEK agreed to relocate to Camp Ashraf but more than 1,000 of the rebels refused to move, kept their arms and headed into the mountains.
"Now they are fighting the Americans, the Kurds and the Iranians," he said."The PUK were against Saddam, the Mujahedeen were with Saddam and they fought against the Kurds in the 1991 uprising. They refused to make peace with us so now they are fighting against the Americans and the PUK," he said.
The military source, a senior officer based in the area, agreed."They had for a long time operated camps in southern Iraq, then pulled up to the border area to the north and west of Baghdad before the US began its invasion," he said.
He said all the camps in the south, like those in Jalawla, and near Baghdad were empty and looted, except for Camp Ashraf which sits about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Iranian border and 60 kilometres north of Baghdad.
There are some rebels still out there "but there is no way of telling exactly how many," he said. Washington announced on April 22 it had reached a ceasefire with the MEK and the following day Mujahedeen officials said the agreement allowed the MEK to keep its weapons and carry on its activities in Iran from Camp Ashraf.
But Cantwell said any such claims were non-existent by June when troops from the 324 Military Police took control of Camp Ahraf and the MEK was consolidated and "all weapons secured by MPs."
He declined to comment on current MEK strength or any operations the rebels could conduct against the Americans, Iranian-government forces or the PUK. "But I will say a substantial number have agreed to consolidate in one camp," he said, "at Camp Ashraf."
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