Iran: Shootout

Wounding the Mujahedin

The chilly gray dawn was just breaking over Tehran as Mousa Khiabani, 35, operational commander of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, the leftist guerrilla organization seeking to overthrow the Iranian government, was moving to a new hideout. With him were his pregnant wife Azar Reza'i and Ashraf Rabi'i, the wife of Paris-based Mujahedin Leader Massoud Rajavi, and the Rajavis' year-old son. When Khiabani stepped out of his bulletproof Peugeot, a plainclothes Islamic Guard spotted him and radioed for help. Within minutes hundreds of government security forces converged on the scene.


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