Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)
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in the 1960s, by young, educated Iranians, initially to counter Western influences in the regime of the Shah. Subsequently, after being left out of the new regime's power structure due to radical socialist ideology, continues to wage an armed struggle against Iran from Iraq. Also referred to by acronym MKO and as 'People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI)'.
Use any means, political or violent, including terrorism, to promote a mix of Marxism and Islam through anti-Western activity and attacks on fundamentalist Islamic regimes such as that in Iran.
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'National Council of Resistance (NCR)' or 'National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)' - set up Jul 1981, Teheran (Iran Islamic Rep), as Iran's parliament-in-exile, a political coalition comprising opposition political organizations and parties and political, cultural and social figures, specialists, artists, intellectuals, sports champions, scientists, military officers and commanders of the National Liberation Army. Militant wing: 'National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA)'. Overseas support structure. Believed to have 15-20 bases in Iraq.
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