2011 Tehran car bombing. (Photo: Mehdi Marizad / Fars)
Yesterday, MSNBC reported that Mossad agents trained an Iranian group on the U.S. terror list, in order to carry out assassinations of nuclear scientists. Active since the 1970s, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran are credited as responsible for five deadly attacks on scientists since 2007.
Rock Center with Brian Williams MSNBC report.
MSNBC spoke with Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide in the Iranian government whose assertion the terror organization was linked to Mossad was confirmed. The group was "financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service." MSNBC reports:
Moreover, [Larigani] said, the Mossad, the Israeli secret service, is training MEK [the Iranian terror group] members in Israel on the use of motorcycles and small bombs. In one case, he said, Mossad agents built a replica of the home of an Iranian nuclear scientist so that the assassins could familiarize themselves with the layout prior to the attack. [Emphasis added]
The news station’s evidence is based upon interviews with Iranian officials, and documents apprehended from a thwarted assassination attempt in 2010.
The Iranian terror organization denies allegations of a relationship with Mossad, citing the report as "absolutely false." Conversely, U.S. government officials stated to MSNBC "all your inclinations are correct," and affirm no involvement. However, skepticism remains, Al Jazeera previously chronicled the group's strong U.S. ties:
George W. Bush's attorney general Michael Mukasey has described MEK members as 'courageous freedom fighters'. President Barack Obama's former national security advisor, General James L. Jones, gave a speech at a MEK conference dominated by non-Iranians. Their events have also been attended by former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, former NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Hat tip to Paul Mutter for catching this**