US, Iran Split Over Terrorist Group

As talks loom, Iran seethes over US-sponsored group
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2007 3:54 PM CDT
Members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran, an Iranian militant group, dance around fire during celebrations at their camp about 65 miles north of Baghdad.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – As the US and Iran inch toward the table, a sticky wicket could be the US relationship with the Mujahedin e-Khalq, a paramilitary group that militantly opposes the Tehran government. The US, meanwhile, shelters the MEK in a base on the Iraq-Iran border that has become the organization's operations center.

The US agrees in classing the MEK as a terrorist organization, and has disarmed the fighters in the Iraq base. But the military covertly uses the organization as an intelligence tool and a counterweight to Iran. As the US demands that Iran cease support for the militias terrorizing Baghdad, Iran may ask for a reciprocal cutoff of the MEK.