Ex-US officials urge Trump to work with MKO terror group

Tasnim – Nearly two dozen former top US government officials in a letter urged President-elect Donald Trump to cooperate with the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), a report said.

The letter signed by 23 former officeholders calls on Trump to consult with the MKO terrorist group, according to the report by FOX news late on Sunday.

“Iran’s rulers have directly targeted US strategic interests, policies and principles, and those of our allies and friends in the Middle East,” the letter claims.

“To restore American influence and credibility in the world, the United States needs a revised policy,” it says.

The letter’s signatories include former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani; former Sen. Joe Lieberman; and retired Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, a former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff under president Bill Clinton.

The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.