MEK claims it has foresworn terrorism, but a 2004 FBI report states that a "Los Angeles investigation has determined that the MEK is currently actively involved in planning and executing acts of terrorism." US. diplomatic and intelligence officials maintain the MEK "trained females at Camp Ashraf in Iraq to perform suicide attacks in Karbala."

This scares the MKO so much that their headquarters in Paris has launched a propaganda campaign to help purify their image in hope of gaining Western support. The MKO asked Lord Corbet, a longtime paid supporter of the group, to write articles and beef up misinformation about the alleged "inhuman siege [of Camp Ashraf] by Iran's Qods Forces and Iraqi government."

Up until yesterday the MEK's websites and media were forcefully promoting the views of several Iraqi politicians who are among those arrested.... Saleh Mutlaq was linked with financial support for the MEK prior to the last election. He was based in Brussels working closely with the MEK lobby against the de-Baathification process.

It is also worth mentioning that during last week and after the announcement of the statement by the UNHCR, many critics of the Mujahedeen warned that the MeK will resort to every possible means to throw a spanner in the works of the UNHCR.

One simply does not learn from this story why the group seems so intransigent about its unwillingness to relocate, disband or accept an end to American protection. The MEK's point of view on this was an essential, but missing, element in a story that so thoroughly reported on the ambassador's perspective.

The State Department summary of MEK's activities claims that the group "uses propaganda and terrorism to achieve its objectives" against the Iranian government, with a worldwide membership between 5,000 and 10,000 and a decades-long history of attempted coups, bombings and terrorist attacks.

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