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    US to Remove Iran Group From Terror List

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, September 12, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, September 12, 2012.
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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, September 12, 2012.
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton, September 12, 2012.
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    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is planning to remove an Iranian militant group once allied with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from the U.S. terrorism list.
     
    A court had given Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until October 1 to decide the fate of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, also known as the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran or MEK. But unnamed sources said she has already decided to take the group off the terrorism list.

    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton sent a classified communication to the Congress Friday regarding the designation of the MEK. The spokeswoman said she was not in a position to confirm the contents of this communication but anticipated that the department would make a public announcement about the MEK's designation sometime before October 1.

    The move will end years of high-profile campaigning from the group but is expected to anger the Iranian government.
     
    Iran and Iraq's current Shi'ite-led government consider the People's Mujahedeen a terrorist organization. Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq gave the MEK shelter after the Iranian revolution in 1979, and some group members were accused of helping Saddam crush a Shi'ite revolt about 20 years ago.

    Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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    by: Anonymous
    September 23, 2012 8:39 PM
    And who ever thought the terrorist group will be removed from the list by OBAMA's administration! wow!

    by: Valsor from: US
    September 22, 2012 2:34 PM
    Will MEK be the new US proxy in detente against Iran?

    by: Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 9:41 PM
    MEK are Communist Muslims, they are like the cocktail of all the things you don't want. plus they have killed Iranians, Americans and Iraqis

    by: barzia from: US
    September 21, 2012 7:09 PM
    If removed from the list, it will be a blow to democratic movement in iran and yes to radicalism.

    MEK is a radical islamic marksist terrorist group. Release them from Iraq and wait for an attack.

    by: Looneytoonsindville from: Dville, USA
    September 21, 2012 6:40 PM
    Does anybody know if the MEK is a Communist organization? I just saw their symbol on a banner and it looks like the old USSR with minor revisions. All Red, uplifted fist (workers of the world unite) rising from a factory & holding a scythe & a gun. There is a red star above the fist and some other stuff. Looks like old school commies to me.

    by: Steve from: San Jose
    September 21, 2012 6:05 PM
    Hypocrisy at the highest level. If they are our terrorists, then they must be freedom fighters. America is no longer what the founding fathers established to be. Our government has lost its moral compass. Our constitution sounds ever more hollow day by day.

    by: Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 6:03 PM
    In the US, no matter how wrong you are, you can always lobby to get what you want. Just like MEK

    by: Atieh from: Montreal
    September 21, 2012 2:59 PM
    This group was engaged in terror against Americans in Iran before the Revolution in 1979. After the revolution they were asked to lay down their arms and take part in the political and social processes of the nation. They refused and began a campaign of terror against Iranians . They planted a bomb in the Presidents office killing the President and Prime Minister of Iran in 1981. They killed the head of the Judiciary and over 70 MPs in another bombing a year later. They took on religious leaders, activists and ordinary people in the streets in a blind terror campaign killing hundreds of civilians in this path.
    The People's Mujaheddin Organization is highly detested in Iran and they are known as the hypocrites. They are despised by all political groups in Iran. I hope Clinton thinks twice before removing their name from the list of terrorists.

    by: Anonymous
    September 21, 2012 2:42 PM
    This decision will only benefit the Iranian regime. Because people inside Iran hate this group. They sided with Saddam in Iran Iraq war. They are fanatics like the Iranian regime. They set themselves on fire in protests. Is USA going to make another Libya? Don't you get it? Do not support the fanatics!

    by: Reza from: USA
    September 21, 2012 2:10 PM
    It is a pity! MEK is a cult by nature believing in a combination of Islam and Marxism. They are one hundred times worse than the regime of Iran.
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