Iran slams US ceasefire deal with terrorist group
Iran's former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Wednesday that the cooperation of the US army commander in Iraq with Iraq-based Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) indicates Washington's hypocrisy in the international campaign against terrorism.
Rafsanjani said that with the signing of an agreement with the MKO terrorist organization in Iraq, the Americans showed their insincerity in the international campaign against terrorism.
It should be noted that the United States lists MKO as a terrorist organization. The decision to cease hostilities with the MKO, an armed group of secular Iranian dissidents that has been fighting Tehran’s regime from inside Iraq for more than 20 years, is the first accord between the US and a listed terrorist organization.
He described the ceasefire agreement between the US Army and MKO as a great scandal and said that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States, Washington was portraying itself as anti-terrorist, but, it entered into a deal with the terrorist group which they have nurtured and gave it a safe haven in Washington.
The US has signed cooperation agreement with the terrorist group that planted bombs at the Friday Prayers congregation,
the Iranian leader said.
The MKO was formed in the 1960s and was expelled from Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. It formed an alliance with Saddam Hussein, who backed the group.
Only two weeks ago, US forces in northern Iraq bombed the MKO’s main base along the Iranian border, killing scores of fighters and destroying tanks and artillery.
MKO had a history of violence against Americans. It supported the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and killed several US military and civilian officials in the 1970s. (Albawaba.com)
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