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People's Mojahedin Army (Iran)

Mojahein-e-Khalq Iran

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People's Mojahedin Army image by Sean McKinniss and Jaume Ollé, 20 April 2003

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Presentation of the organization

The organization's name is Mojahein-e-Khalq Iran in Persian and it will be "The Iranian People's Mojahedin", in English, but the organization itself uses "People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran", PMOI. The word "Mojahed" is an Arabic word and comes from the Arabic word "Jehad" which means "Holy War" and the word "Mojahed" means "The Holy War Fighters". Its headquarters were in Paris but since 1986 they are in Iraq.
Râsjan Kurogli
, 22 July 1998

During this week demonstrations of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq we have seen its flag. Among the Iranian flags they use, it seems they prefer the State flag of the Pahlavi dynasty, 1964-1979. This image was from a (now unavailable) Yahoo News report of a demonstration in London on 18 June. This is a little bit odd, because MEK ideology is a blend of Marxism and Islamism. So, as Marxists, it was expected that they wouldn't favour a monarchic flag of Iran.
Francisco Santos, 20 June 2003

Description of the flag

The Army seems to use two flags: the Iranian three-color (green-white-red) flag with Farsi writings on the inner edges and a "mojahedin flag", a 2:3 white flag with a red device, shown above.
The writing at the top of the flag means:"People's Mojahedin of Iran", where "Mojahedin" means "Holy War fighters". The writing on the bottom is a verse from the Quran, Surah 4 part of verse 95: "... But those who strive and fight, ALLAH (= GOD) distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a great reward."
Râsjan Kurogli
, 22 July 1998

According to literally a "Mojahed" is an Islamic fighter in battle against the army of his own country.
Description of logo:
Out of a vice comes an erect naked arm ending in a fist. In the fist are crossed sickle and gun with bajonette. Above the cross is a 5-point star. The whole is placed into a circle representing the globe. On its right side is a wreath of laurel(?). In the background is the silhouette of the Iran. Beneath the vice, at the top of the circle and beneath the circle there are inscriptions.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 September 2010

Variant Flags

People's Mojahedin Army image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 September 2010

Yellow flag:
The yellow flag has a red logo in its centre.

Source: I spotted these flags at a rally against the US-government on 31 August at Brandenburg gate in Berlin.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 September 2010