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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: salar from: iran
September 21, 2012 1:48 PM
but MEK are a terrorist group once they are done with Iran, They will come for America and Europe. Are Americans offically stupid?

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by: David from: California, US
September 21, 2012 4:35 PM
MEK is a terrorist group that killed many iranian by planting bomb and worked closely with Saddam to crush iraqies.

This is like funding Taliban and Osama during CIA covert war with russia. You can't fund a known terrorist group and pretend to be democratic. These are bunch of tugs and murderers and worst than Mullah's in Iran.

     

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