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Paris Raid Targets Iran Group

June 18, 2003|From Associated Press

PARIS — Masked and heavily armed French police raided the compound of an Iranian opposition group Tuesday, detaining activists on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in France.

The raid came a month after U.S. forces disarmed the group's military wing in Iraq. The Moujahedeen Khalq organization, which the U.S. and the European Union classify as a terrorist group, seeks to topple Iran's clerical regime.

Authorities detained 159 people in the raids on the compound north of Paris and 12 other sites near the capital. They seized $1.3 million in U.S. currency, plus computers and telecommunications gear.

Tehran has complained that Western nations have let the Moujahedeen operate freely while accusing Iran of ties to terrorist groups.

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