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Fringe Iranian bloc has well-paid allies in D.C.

Effort to reverse terrorist label for reviled group

By Scott Shane
New York Times / November 27, 2011
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At a time of partisan gridlock in the capital, one obscure cause has drawn a stellar list of supporters from both parties and the last two administrations, including a dozen former top national security officials. That alone would be unusual. What makes it astonishing is the object of their attention: a fringe Iranian opposition group, long an ally of Saddam Hussein, that is designated as a terrorist organization under U.S. law and described by State Department officials as a repressive cult despised by most Iranians and Iraqis.

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