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South Tyneside Stop the War / Here we go; Good terrorists are back!
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:05:57 PM »

The United States on Friday removed an Iranian “opposition group” based abroad, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, from its blacklist of designated terror groups after years of intense lobbying.

The move, ending a complex legal battle fought through US and European courts, came just days ahead of an October 1 deadline set by a US appeals court by which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to decide on the fate of the group.

Clinton has decided "to revoke the designation of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224," the State Department said.

The MEK, whose leadership is based in Paris, has invested much money and years of intense lobbying to be taken off the list.

MEK  (peoples  Mujahedeen/jehadists)   were the same group that helped Saddam during his Anfal campaign (Kurdish ethnic cleansing), that is after the early years during which the said MEK helped Saddam by attacking Iran for the duration of the bloody eight war that Saddam waged on Iran, in a fashion after Lord Haw-Haw, on steroids armed and actively engaged in the fighting(Lord Haw-Haw was executed in 1946in Wandsworth prison) these MEK traitors are elevated to “opposition group”.

leader Maryam Rajavi said in a statement from Paris that she "welcomed and appreciated" Clinton's decision to delist the movement.

The MEK says it has now laid down its arms and is working to overthrow the Islamic regime in Tehran through peaceful means.

But in its note about delisting the MEK, the State Department stressed that it had not forgotten the group's militant past.

"With today's actions, the Department does not overlook or forget the MEK's past acts of terrorism, including its involvement in the killing of US citizens in Iran in the 1970s and an attack on US soil in 1992," it said.

Washington designated the MEK a "foreign terrorist organization" in 1997, putting it in a category that includes Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

The State Department holds the group responsible for the deaths of Iranians as well as US soldiers and civilians from the 1970s into 2001.

It said that Clinton's decision to delist the group "took into account the MEK's public renunciation of violence, the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade and their cooperation in the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf, their historic paramilitary base" in Iraq.

Part of the conditions for delisting the group were that more than 3,200 MEK members living at Camp Ashraf in Iraq's Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, move to another area called Camp Liberty.

Earlier this month, the last major group of the Iranian exiles relocated from the camp that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had allowed them to use.

The exiles were moved under a December 25 deal between the United Nations and Baghdad that aims to see them eventually relocated to third countries.

The MEK has no support in Iran, and no connection to domestic opposition groups.

Britain struck the MEK off its terror list in June 2008, followed by the European Union in 2009.

In June, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that if Clinton did not decide whether to deny or grant the group's request to be delisted within four months, it would issue a special writ and remove the group itself.

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