A political analyst has warned against the ramifications of Albania’s recent decision to grant asylum to over 200 members of the anti-Iranian terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said in a statement on Saturday that the government is ready to accommodate in Tirana 210 members of the MKO group “for humanitarian reasons.”
“There is something much more sinister here that has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns. There is something big afoot and I think it’s going to end up in a very nasty way,” Mark Glenn from Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, told Press TV.
“Of all the places that they could be going they’re going to Albania where they may be rubbing shoulders with former members of the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army),” he said.
The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.
“Albania, particularly Kosovo, is home to the KLA and they are a particularly murderous group of drug runners and terrorists who would have been utilized for operations around the world,” he added.
“The kind of training the KLA receive from NATO and from the United States has been particularly lethal in all sorts of operations – not just terrorism, but drug running as well,” Glenn pointed out.
The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.
Members of the MKO terrorist group have been transferred from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, which is situated about 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the border with Iran, to Camp Liberty near Baghdad Airport.
On September 28, 2012, the terrorist group was taken off the US State Department’s terrorism blacklist.
In December 2012, the Canadian government also removed the MKO from its blacklist of terrorist organizations following similar moves by the US and the European Union.