Iran: Regime’s Efforts to Eliminate the Opposition, MEK Support Continues to Grow
Following persecution in the first two years after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, members of the regime’s major opposition party, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), fled Iran for France in 1981 and relocated to Iraq five years later to establish a camp over the Iranian border. Over the next two decades, Camp Ashraf, in Iraq’s Diyala region, grew from a rural patch of ground to a modern small metropolis.
Nouri al-Maliki agent of the mullahs’ regime killed 47 MEK’s
Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the MEK and Camp Ashraf came under the protection of the US Army, which lasted until the end of 2008. The US government handed up the camp’s protection to the Iraqi government on January 1, 2009, under the new US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, a decision that violated the US government’s written pledge to protect the camp until its final disposition and had disastrous effects.
Iraq’s then-Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was an Iranian regime apologist who conducted two devastating attacks on Camp Ashraf in 2009 and 2011, killing 47 civilians and injuring approximately 1,000 more. Al-Maliki demanded the closure of Camp Ashraf in 2012 at the request of Tehran. MEK members were eventually transported to Camp Liberty, a former US camp near Baghdad International Airport, in 2012, thanks to a quadripartite agreement reached by the UN and the US.
Attacks by Iraqi’s persisted in both MEK’s camps killing 141 members
Hundreds more people stayed at Ashraf as guardians of MEK’s mobile and fixed assets, including thousands of vehicles and other equipment, valued hundreds of millions of dollars. However, attacks against the MEK persisted in both camps. On September 1, 2013, 52 MEK members were shot and killed in an ambush by Iraq’s Interior Ministry Special Forces in Ashraf. Several missile assaults were launched at Camp Liberty as a result. 141 MEK members were killed and over 1,300 were injured in seven attacks on the Ashraf and Liberty camps.
MEK members were transported to safety in Europe, largely to Albania, in 2016, with the support of the international community, where they created Ashraf –3, a fortification against the Iranian dictatorship and its Iraqi agents. Surviving became a priority in those conditions. On January 22, 2022, the state-run news agency Fars released an article headlined ‘Incomplete defense of the lonely oppressed,’ which pointed to the reality of the regime’s failure to spread lies and propaganda. “Victory without conflict is viewed as winning because of the ‘dominant narrative.'”
The criminal of yesterday and the bloodthirsty of today is now arrested
However, it should be remembered that the ‘dominant narrative,’ as described by Fars, is the term for the ‘truth,’ which the regime most fears. The regime’s absolute failure in the fields of cyberwar, judiciary, and human rights issues was later expressed by the Fars News Agency.”We see now the same criminals of yesterday and the bloodthirsty of today arrested in Europe and used a false pretext and are prosecuting him for being present in the executions of 1988 holding in a sham trial, relying on several fake court sessions,” it wrote. In the presidential elections, the same false narrative was used against regime leaders.”
The regime’s grievances through this media did not end here, but it did demonstrate that the regime is the biggest loser, particularly in three areas: cyberwar and propaganda, legal and human rights issues, indicating that the truth has now reached Iran’s society and regime propaganda is no longer effective. After 43 years, the regime’s status has shifted from “lonely oppressed” to “lonely and isolated oppressor,” as it says. For the Iranian Resistance, this is a significant win.