Iranian Exile Group Off Terror List

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony for Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol September 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the medal for her leadership and commitment to human rights and for promoting freedom, peace and democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    After 15 years, the Iranian exile group Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK, is expected to be removed from the U.S. terrorism list. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will notify Congress as early as Friday as to whether she will initiate the former de-listing of the group, which was placed on the list for killing six Americans in Iran in the ‘70s and attempting an attack on the Iranian mission to the United Nations in 1992. The group has been considered “noncombatants” and “protected persons” under the Geneva Conventions since 2004. Clinton’s decision has its detractors. Many U.S. officials consider the group to be bizarre and cult-like, and the group has been known to pay former political heavyweights to lobby on its behalf.

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