French Arrest 150 From Iranian Opposition Group

(New York Times)- French authorities Tuesday arrested more than 150 members of a long-established armed Iranian opposition group, accused them of organizing terrorist acts, and seized $1.3 million in $100 bills. The move against the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People's Mujahedeen, effectively shut down its operations in France, while the timing of the action seemed to send conciliatory signals to Iran. The French interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, said the broad crackdown was necessary because the group wanted to use France as an international base of operations to supplement their activities in Iraq. The Iranian government praised the French action.

2003-06-18 00:00:00

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