Iran’s Fars news website affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Wednesday called for targeting an opposition group in Europe with ballistic missiles and drones.
In an article with a long historical background on violent terror acts by the Mojahedin Khalq organization, known as Mek in the 1980s, the IRGC mouthpiece insisted that Iran has the Islamic Republic has the right to self-defense and it would be justified if “it employs hard power against terrorists.
The capabilities of Iran’s attack drones and ballistic missiles can be used to hit the center of the [Mek] in Albania without any legal impediment.
The article added that authorities in Tehran should issue the necessary warning to the Albanian government, which is hosting a few thousands MeK members, and follow it up with military action.
But Fars also mentioned “host governments”, where the MeK might have a presence, which could include France and others in Europe.
“If host governments refuse to expel and extradite the hypocrites (a term used by Tehran for the MeK), they should be threatened with reciprocal action…based on the doctrine of the Islamic Republic to fight security threats at their source,” the article said.
It went on to cite the principle of “Responsibility to Protect” the nation and the UN Charter’s article 51, “which allows military action to preserve international peace and security.”
Am image of the MeK camp in Albania published by Fars depicting incoming missiles. July 27, 2022
The Mojahedin were a revolutionary group engaged in opposition to the monarchy in the 1970s and carried out armed attacks.
They fully backed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s decision to set up the Islamic Republic in early 1979 after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left the country and Khomeini returned from exile.
However, tensions rose between the group and the clerical regime taking shape, which led to mutual violence.