Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision was prompted by the cooperation of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MeK) in relocating from Camp Ashraf, its paramilitary base north of Baghdad, to Camp Liberty, a temporary location near the Iraqi capital’s international airport.
A formal announcement will be made within the next 10 days.
The MeK was responsible for terrorist attacks in Iran in the 1970s that killed several U.S. military personnel and civilians, according to the State Department. The group denies any role in the deaths of U.S. military personnel.
Camp Ashraf’s residents surrendered their weapons in 2003 as part of a cease-fire agreement with U.S. forces.
Questions still remain about the MeK’s commitment to democratic principles.
“We are still seeing an organization that has a lot of lip service in believing in democratic principles,” said the U.S. official.
“But when you look at it strictly in terms of whether they should be on the terror list or not, there has been a significant period of time when we have not witnessed terrorist activity and obviously the secretary had to take that into account and that they have renounced violence,” the official added.
The Clinton administration designated the MeK as a foreign terrorist group in 1997 in an attempt to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough with the Iranian government.
“It is what it is. We will continue to try to make progress on issues of concern with Iran regardless of that decision,” said the U.S. official.View Entire Story
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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