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“The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend”…US to Remove MEK from Terrorist List? May 19, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Politics, terrorism.
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If asked to name a terrorist organization most Americans could likely name Al Qaeda, Al Shabbab, and a few others.  Few are probably familiar with the Mujahedin-e Khalq or Peoples Mujaheddin of Iran known by its initials MEK.  Accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980 the MEK has been designated a terrorist group by the US State Department since 1995. The MEK, however do not simply attack  Americans.  According to The American Muslim: “The M.E.K. are terrorists.  They were driven out of Iran and given a home at a place called Camp Ashraf in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, who they supported.  Saddam Hussein used the M.E.K. to carry out terrorist acts in Iran.”  In 2001, the MEK “renounced” terrorism.  Irrespective of this renunciation, a 2004 FBI report on the MEK which was revealed in June 2011  states that the MEK The long and short is that the MEK are current terrorists not former terrorists.  So why would the US consider removing the designation from the group?

Many people are likely familiar with some of the more recent activities of the MEK.  The MEK is responsible for assassination of 5 Iranian nuclear scientists since 2007 and possibly destroyed a missile site.   Trained, financed and supported by Isreal, the MEK has been used to disrupt the Iranian nuclear operations causing a delay of years to Iran’s objective of creating a nuclear weapon.  In March 2012 Richard Engel & Robert Windrem of NBC News reported that:

“Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.” And then “”… Two senior U.S. officials confirmed for NBC News the MEK’s role in the assassinations, with one senior official saying, “All your inclinations are correct.” A third official would not confirm or deny the relationship, saying only, “It hasn’t been clearly confirmed yet.”  All the officials denied any U.S. involvement in the assassinations.””

It is certainly interesting that a terrorist organization that is now taking action which supports the US’ agenda may suddenly be reclassified as not being a terrorist organization.  This post is not intended to question the validity of the decision simply educate and highlight the point that in world politics “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.


“US Snipers Changing Warfare” – USAToday May 9, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Industry News, terrorism, weapons and tactics.
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UPDATE: I forgot to hyperlink to the story 😉 There goes my Pulitzer.  You can find the story here.

USAToday published a very interesting and enlightening piece on how US Snipers are being used with great effect in Iraq and Afghanistan.  While I think their assertion that snipers are “changing warfare” is a bit of a stretch, I do agree that the use of snipers is, and always has been, very effective.  I am somewhat disappointed that they didn’t talk about how smart, handsome, dashing, incredibly brave, selfless, and (did I say handsome already?) Marine Scout/Snipers are. (yes…I was a USMC SS but I am NOT biased ;).  The story does give some insight into the training and how snipers are used in warfare.  Overall, a very good read on the subject.

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