Monday, October 26, 1987

Iran Acknowledges Rebel Attacks

Mujaheddin Liberation Army Kills ‘Dozens’ in West
The Washington Post
By Kamran Khan

Monday October 26, 1987

TEHRAN—Senior Iranian officials have confirmed that military actions staged by the rebel Iranian Liberation Army, made up largely of Army dissidents, are causing problems for Iranian forces in the war against Iraq.

“Hit-and-run strikes by uniformed counterrevolutionaries have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Revolutionary Guards in western Iran," said a senior Iranian official.

Mujahaddin-e-Khalq leader Massoud Rajavi announced the formation of the rebel army last June, with strong hacking from Iraq. Baghdad reportedly has provided training facilities and staging grounds for the unit’s operations, as well as headquarters facilities in the Iraq capital.

Despite numerous claims of successful raids, however, it is unclear what impact the unit has had on the Iranian government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The size of the rebel army and state of its training remain unclear. In recent weeks, however, the Persian-language press has started low-key coverage of operations of what they call the “liars.”

The newspapers Etiliat and Jahmdori Islam published photos three times in the past month of Revolutionary Guards who have been killed in clashes with dissident forces.

Activities of the dissident forces also have led to intensified security in Tehran and other cities according to well-informed observers. Although Mujahaddin leaders say their group is not involved in terrorist incidents reported in various Iranian cities, authorities invariably blame them for bombings arid other incidents.

In Tehran, all government offices are heavily guarded and people entering are searched. The checks also extend to the tens of thousands of people who come for Friday prayers at Tehran University.

While Iranian authorities generally blame Iraq and other Arab states for the activities of the dissident forces, Pakistan also has come in for criticism recently.

Wednesday, October 21, 1987

Iran maps attack on rebel forces

Chicago Sun Times
Wednesday, October 21, 1987
Deutsche Presse-Agentur

TEHRAN—The Iranian Security Council met Tuesday to study means of countering intensified attacks by opposition Mujaheddin guerrillas -launched from bases in the Iraq-Iran border area.

The Islamic Republic News Agency said the meeting, chaired by Interior Minister AIi-Akbar Mohtashami, had worked out a plan to counter the hit-and-run incursions, which it charged were carried out by “U.S. mercenaries.”

In Baghdad, the headquarters of the Mujaheddin’s armed wing, the Iran Liberation Army, a statement described the Tehran meeting as a clear admission of the “unprecedented rise” in its cross-border attacks in recent weeks.

It said at least 4,300 Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers had been killed or wounded and 375 others taken prisoner in 94 offensives launched this year by the Iran Liberation Army.