Albania Says It’s Discovered an Iranian Paramilitary Network

October 23, 2019

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Associated Press

Related Country: 

  • Albania
  • Turkey

Albanian police announced that they have discovered an Iranian paramilitary network targeting exiled members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an opposition Iranian group seeking to overthrow Iran's government. Police chief Ardi Veliu said that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was operating an "active terrorist cell," adding that the network had ties to organized crime groups in Turkey and was fed information by a former MEK member. He also claimed that Albanian authorities stopped a planned Iranian attack in March. Approximately 2,500 MEK members moved to Albania from Iran in 2014.