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Profile: Maryam Rajavi

 
  

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1970s      US confrontation with Iran

       The Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian political organization formed in the 1960s, kills US military personnel and US civilians working on defense projects in Tehran. MEK is currently led by husband and wife Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. MEK is part of a larger political organization know as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). [Globalsecurity [.org], n.d.; US Department of State, 4/2005; National Council of Resistance of Iran website, n.d.; MIPT database MEK profile; Patterns of Global Terrorism 2002, 4/30/2003]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq
          

August 1993      US confrontation with Iran

       The National Council of Resistance, a front group for the Mujahedeen-e Khalq [MEK], elects Maryam Rajavi to serve as the interim president in Iran in the event that the mullahs are overthrown. She and her husband, Massoud, have headed the MEK since 1985. [Iran-e Azad website, 6/10/2005]
People and organizations involved: Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Maryam Rajavi
          

1997      US confrontation with Iran

       The US State Department includes the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian opposition group, in its list of foreign terrorist organizations. [Newsweek, 9/26/2002; US State Department, 2003; White House, 9/12/2002] MEK, which in English means, “People's Holy Warriors,” [Christian Science Monitor, 7/29/2004] is later described by its former members as a cult. Its husband-and-wife leaders, Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, exercise absolute control over the group's rank-and-file, requiring that members worship them and practice Mao-style self-denunciations. Many of the MEK's members are tricked into joining the group. For example, the parents of Roshan Amini will tell the Christian Science Monitor in 2003 that their son joined because he had been told he would be able to complete two school grades in one year and earn a place in college. But after joining, Amini was not permitted to leave. [Los Angeles Times, 12/5/2004; Christian Science Monitor, 12/31/2003]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Massoud Rajavi
          

June 23, 2003      US confrontation with Iran

       France's Secret Service raids the compound of the Iranian terrorist opposition group, Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), an anti-Iranian group that has been on the US State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations since 1997. Among those arrested are husband-and-wife leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi. Following the arrests, nine MEK members across Europe set themselves on fire in protest. At least three of the protesters die. Critics claim that the self-immolations were ordered by MEK's leadership. [New York Post, 6/17/2003; BBC, 7/1/2003; CNN, 6/22/2003; Los Angeles Times, 12/5/2004]
People and organizations involved: Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Maryam Rajavi, Massoud Rajavi
          

Mid-February 2005      US confrontation with Iran

       Newsweek interviews Maryam Rajavi, one of the leaders of Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), at the organization's compound in the French village of Auvers sur Oise. “I believe increasingly the Americans have come to realize that the solution is an Iranian force that is able to get rid of the Islamic fundamentalists in power in Iran,” Rajavi tells the magazine. She also insists that her group's history of anti-Americanism has long past. [Newsweek, 2/15/2005]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq
          

April 14, 2005      US confrontation with Iran

       The National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran is held in Washington, DC and attended by about 300 supporters. Speakers at the event include members of Congress, legal scholars, and Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the political wing of Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK). Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) tells the crowd, “Unless we deal with Iran, there will never be a solution in Iraq.” [US Newswire, 4/13/2005; National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran website, 5/27,2005]
People and organizations involved: Maryam Rajavi, Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Bob Filner
          

May 22, 2005      US confrontation with Iran

       About 500 protesters demonstrate in Huntington Beach, near Los Angeles, calling on the Bush administration to back the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group, and remove the organization from the State Department's list of US-designated foreign terrorist organizations. One of the speakers at the event is Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political front for the MEK. Addressing the crowd via satellite, she tells them that she believes the opposition's efforts will soon payoff. [Los Angeles Times, 5/22/2005]
People and organizations involved: Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Maryam Rajavi
          

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