Up To Date - No 123, January 2020

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Up To Date - No 123, January 2020


MEK Terrorists and UANI CEO Rudy Giuliani
… The disclosure raises new questions about ties between United Against Nuclear Iran CEO Mark Wallace and the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a Paris-based umbrella group dominated by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The council also met twice with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani around the time of the UN General Assembly, drawing renewed attention to Giuliani’s unregistered advocacy on behalf of the group.

Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor, January 08 2020


If Soleimani is a ‘terrorist’, when will the US de-list ISIL?
If Washington assassinated Soleimani because he was a “terrorist”, then logically they should now de-list ISIL as a terrorist group. Why not just come clean, finally? The entire world acknowledges that Soleimani fought terrorism, but if he must be rebranded as a “terrorist” in the West – in Orwellian fashion – then the time has come for the US and its allies to admit they are collaborating with ISIL. Fighting against ISIL makes one a “terrorist”, not fighting with them. Why is that so hard to believe? The current US president said the same thing – are we both wild conspiracy theorists? If Soleimani Is A Terrorist , When Will The US De-list ISIL?
By Ramin Mazaheri, Press TV, January 10 2020

Mujahedeen-e-Khalq and Trump Administration
The MEK — officially the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or the People’s Mujahideen of Iran in English — has waged war against the Islamist regime in Iran since it seized power in 1979. Formerly based in Iraq, the group is believed to have killed thousands of Iranians in terror attacks. But far away from the battlefields of the Middle East, the MEK has also waged a campaign for influence in glossy functions at diplomatic events in western capitals, successfully cultivating powerful allies in western governments. Among them are current and former officials in the top echelons of the Trump administration — including those who Trump regularly turns to advice on Iran, such as personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Mujahedeen-e-Khalq and Trump Administration .
Tom Porter, Business Insider, January 10 2020


Cut Ties With MEK – Pompeo Ordered American Officials

The directive about Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, its offshoot, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and five other groups was delivered in a cable sent to all U.S. diplomatic outposts on Tuesday and obtained by Bloomberg News. It says meetings with the groups could jeopardize U.S. diplomacy with Iran. “Direct U.S. government engagement with these groups could prove counterproductive to our policy goal of seeking a comprehensive deal with the Iranian regime that addresses its destabilizing behavior,” the cable said. Exiled Iranian opposition groups “try to engage U.S. officials regularly to gain at least the appearance of tacit support and enhance their visibility and clout.” Cut Ties With MEK – Pompeo Ordered Officials

Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg, January 08 2020


Albanians Pay The Price For Hosting MEK Terrorists
The US and Albania reached a humanitarian agreement and in 2013, thousands of MEK members were resettled to the Balkan country. Indeed, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said following Khamenei’s threats the resettlement resulted from his country’s “unwavering alliance” with the US.
DW, Deutsche Welle, January 22 2020