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Mossad Caught Running MEK Assassinations of Iranian Scientists
February 9, 2012 • 3:10PM
by Jeff Steinberg
NBC News has broken the story that the Israeli Mossad has been recruiting and training members of the terrorist Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK) to carry out assassinations and bombings inside Iran. The report was corroborated by several Obama Administration officials, and was based on an interview with Mohamad Javad Larijani, the brother of Speaker of the Majlis Ali Larijani and a close personal friend of the Supreme Leader Khamenei. Larijani was interviewed by NBC’s Brian Williams, and he reported that Iranian officials had caught an MEK member, attempting to assassinate an Iranian physicist. Under interrogation, the would-be assassin confessed that he had been recruited by the Mossad in Ankara, Turkey and had been sent to Israel for one month of training, to prepare him for the targeted assassination. According to Larijani, the Israelis specifically trained the MEK recruit on how to plant a “sticky bomb” onto a car, while passing on a motorcycle—the modus operandi for several recent assassinations of Iranian scientists involved with their nuclear program.
The U.S. officials (unnamed) who corroborated the allegations emphasized that the United States has no part in these attacks, which also include a recent bombing of an Iranian missile production facility, in which a top General in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, in charge of the ballistic missile program, was killed.
Larijani told NBC’s Brian Williams that, in line with the U.S. global war on terrorism, the United States should bring Israel before the United Nations Security Council for their state sponsored terrorist activities.
A senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the Larijani charges confirmed that the report was credible, although the U.S. does not have full independent corroboration of the charges of Mossad backing for the MEK terrorist attacks. He did further indicate that the timing of the NBC News report was significant, because a major effort is now underway again to have the MEK removed from the U.S. State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations. The source further noted that it would be important to determine whether the Mossad has worked out a top-down deal with the leaders of the MEK to deploy the group in a broader terrorist campaign in Iran, or whether Mossad was recruiting individual MEK operatives. He added that the U.S. State Department is adamantly opposed to the removal of MEK from the terror list, despite a well-financed campaign by neoconservatives to accomplish it and then deploy the MEK to conduct even more covert warfare inside Iran.
NBC News reported that they obtained a copy of a 40-page dossier on the MEK, written by Wendy Sherman in 1997, when she was a top aide to then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Sherman is back at the State Department again now. The U.S. intelligence official reported that there are updates on that 1997 document, prepared by the State Department and by Iranian-American activists, updating the evidence of the MEK terrorist activities. There are still 3,500 MEK members living in Camp Ashraf, a refuge camp inside Iraq. The group came to Iraq in the 1980s, when they lost influence in the Iranian Islamic Republic once Khomeini consolidated power. They fought for Saddam Hussein in the eight-year Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), but are now hated by the current Iraqi government.
The NBC story buttresses a report published by Mark Perry in Foreign Policy last month, exposing the fact that the Mossad was conducting “false flag” recruitment of members of another anti-Iranian terrorist group, Jundallah, based in the Baluchistan region of Pakistan along the Iranian border. Mossad agents, posing as CIA officers, were recruiting Jundallah members in London to carry out terror operations inside Iran.