TEHRAN (Tasnim) – 155 members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) are believed to have flown from Iraq to Albania on a civil aircraft, according to reports suggesting that the transfer was in coordination with American military forces and Saudis.
The MKO members had been residing in Camp Liberty near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and are said to be among the highest-ranking members of the terrorist group, including some of the aides and closest assistants of the group’s ringleader, Massoud Rajavi.
The early Thursday’s flight was bound for Tirana, Albania, the reports noted, saying it was planned to fly to Europe via a special flight path.
Informed sources in Iraq said the terrorist were scheduled to get out of the camp at 5 a.m. local time, Thursday.
A charter flight was expected to land in Baghdad’s airport, apparently in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to transfer the MKO terrorists, but the US military forces and Saudis are believed to be involved as well.
Just a couple of days ago, an MKO ringleader, Sorayya Shahri, along with several other members of the terrorist group fled from Camp Liberty, a former US military camp outside Baghdad.
The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.
More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.