Egyptian Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) party deplored the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, NCRI and PMOI) for its heinous crimes against the Iranian civilians. "Ikhwan al-Muslimun condemns the grouplet's (the MKO) acts against the innocent citizens," Abdoh Mostafa Dasouqi, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, said in an interview with Habilian Association on Sunday. "Ikhwan al-Muslimun doesn’t support those who use weapons against the innocent people and therefore the activities of the MKO are not acceptable to us," he added. Dasouqi expressed regret that some violence-seeking groups across the globe use illegitimate tools to attain their goals, and said, "The MKO is no exception to this rule." The MKO, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets. The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly-established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981. The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country. The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran. Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who eventually took the MKO off the US terror list. The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September 2012, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.