August 18, 2017

Iran’s Mujahideen: A Role?

Christian Science MonitorWednesday, 20 July 2005By John HughesSALT LAKE CITY - Over the phone from Paris, in heavily accented English, Maryam Rajavi says: "I hope one day we can meet in Tehran." Then, in apology for her command of English, she says "we'll continue this interview [through an interpreter] in Persian."But in whatever language it is offered, her message is one of frustration with a turn toward extremism in her Iranian homeland, and hope that what she sees as the "appeasement" of Iran by Europe and the US will now be replaced by more aggressive action.Mrs. Rajavi heads the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the political front for the militant People's Mujahedeen … [Read more...]

Empower Iran’s opposition forces

International Herald TribuneFebruary 1, 2005By Maryam RajaviPARIS - How should the world deal with the challenges posed by the Iranian regime, with its continuing support for terrorism, increasing meddling in Iraq and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons? Approaches under debate range from engagement, with the hope of empowering the "moderates," to military invasion. But the best option is to initiate change through the Iranian people and the organized resistance movement.There is no need for war; no one would want to see an Iraq II played out in Iran. But engagement, which has shaped policy toward Iran on both sides of the Atlantic for two decades, has been a disaster, strengthening the … [Read more...]

The Iran dossier

United Press InternationalBy Claude SalhaniJanuary 10, 2005WASHINGTON -- As soon as President George W. Bush brushes the confetti off his lapels and returns to the Oval Office from his second inaugural parade on Jan. 20, he will find a series of "presidential papers" on Iran, requiring his immediate attention, waiting for him.Well-informed Washington insiders say the nation's top think tanks have been scurrying over the last several weeks to put the finishing touches on comprehensive policy papers, or presidential directives that would help the Bush administration formulate a policy on Iran for the next four years.The abridged version of these exhaustive papers will be along the line of … [Read more...]

Risks of appeasing Iran’s mullahs

The Washington TimesBy Struan StevensonJanuary 5, 2005Iran's increasing meddling in Iraq and its defiance in its nuclear weapons program pose the greatest challenge to peace and security in Iraq and the whole Middle East, as we enter 2005.By sending thousands of Revolutionary Guards and intelligence agents into Iraq, as well as spending hundreds of millions of dollars to recruit mercenaries and enlist support among destitute and impoverished Iraqis, Tehran is hell-bent on steering the Jan. 30 elections in its favor.Its proxies in that country, including the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), have put forward a united slate, hoping to gain a majority in the newly elected … [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda in Iran for Mujahedin in Iraq?

PolicyWatch #820 By Raymond Tanter and Patrick Clawson December 30, 2003 On December 9, 2003, the Iraqi Governing Council announced that it would expel the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from Iraq. Reacting to this decision, Paul Bremer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, recently told Iraqi television that MEK members should be settled in other countries with the help of the UN High Commission for Refugees. He emphasized, however, that these individuals "cannot go to Iran . . . they have to go elsewhere." Despite Bremer's comments, some have speculated that the United States might exchange MEK members in Iraq for al-Qaeda leaders harbored by Iran. Yet, … [Read more...]

Stance on Iran Stirs U.S. Debate Amid Cancellation of Meeting

The Wall Street JournalMay 28, 2003By DAVID S. CLOUDWASHINGTON -- U.S. administration officials are engaged in a heated debate over how to deal with Iran, which said it has no knowledge of al Qaeda leaders the U.S. says operate from its territory and warned the U.S. to stay out of its affairs.Tuesday, the White House canceled a meeting that was to assess how responsive Tehran is being to U.S. requests for movement against the alleged al Qaeda presence in Iran. White House envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has held periodic meetings with Iranian officials in Geneva, but a planned meeting last week was also canceled to emphasize the U.S. desire for action, administration officials said.Tensions between … [Read more...]

U.S. Officials to Discuss Iran as Tensions Escalate

THE WALL STREET JOURNALMay 27, 2003By DAVID S. CLOUDWASHINGTON -- Senior U.S. officials plan to meet Tuesday to discuss Iran after authorities there said they had no knowledge that any senior al Qaeda leaders were operating from Iranian territory.Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated this month over U.S. charges that car bombings in Saudi Arabia may have been overseen by al Qaeda leaders in Iran -- part of a pattern, U.S. officials assert, of threatening actions emanating from within Iran's borders. Some U.S. officials say intelligence reports of al Qaeda's presence in Iran are strong enough that the Bush administration shouldn't continue even informal diplomatic contacts … [Read more...]

U.S.-Iran Talks Underscore Difficulties in Restoring Ties

THE WALL STREET JOURNALMay 13, 2003By DAVID S. CLOUDWASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials have met with Iranian representatives in Geneva for talks on postwar Iraq, but the discussions haven't dealt with restoring diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran, U.S. and Iranian officials said.In fact, the talks appear to have underscored their differences. At a meeting earlier this month, senior White House aide Zalmay Khalilzad described U.S. concerns that Tehran might be seeking to disrupt the U.S.-run process for creating a new Iraqi government. Iranian officials complained that the U.S. hadn't followed through on prewar promises to shut down an anti-Tehran militia group, … [Read more...]

Official: U.S., Iran, Held Secret Talks

Associated Press12 May 03By BARRY SCHWEIDCAIRO, Egypt - The United States and Iran held several meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in an effort to ease friction between the two countries, a senior U.S. official said Monday.The meetings focused on a wide range of issues, including postwar Iraq, in which the Bush administration is attempting to deter Iran from trying to influence the formation of a new government in Baghdad.Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a news conference here after a meeting with Egyptian officials, said the administration opposes a fundamentalist regime as not being in the interest of the Iraqi people.Powell echoed a similar statement weeks ago by Defense Secretary … [Read more...]

U.S., Iran Stall On Road to Rapprochement

Bush Administration Divided on How to Resolve Renewed Tensions Over Iraq, Nuclear PlansThe Wall Street JournalMay 12, 2003By DAVID S. CLOUDWhen the Bush administration this month asked the Iranian government through intermediaries to turn over Iraqi officials or terrorists who crossed into their territory, a U.S. official says Tehran's reply was caustic: We had a deal to cooperate, and you haven't lived up to it.The Iranians were upset that Washington hadn't followed through on prewar assurances that coalition forces invading Iraq would eliminate the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an anti-Tehran militia group that for years has mounted cross-border attacks from Iraq.The back-channel messages, which the … [Read more...]