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Massoud Dalili Dakhel (AKA Bahman Afraze)

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Massoud Dalili Dakhel, VEVAK / MOIS recruited  guided assailants during Ashraf massacre
Massoud Dalili Dakhel, VEVAK / MOIS recruited guided assailants during Ashraf massacre

One of the most obvious examples of treason and cooperation with the Iranian regime to annihilate former colleagues can be seen in the case of an individual by the name of Massoud Dalili Dakhel. After leaving Ashraf and being recruited by MOIS and then the terrorist Quds Force, he played a major role in the 1 September 2013 massacre of Ashraf residents as a guide for the Iraqi attacking forces associated to then PM al Maliki. As the assailants reached their objectives and no longer had any use of him they murdered him before leaving Ashraf and left his body to remain in the camp.

Dalili was a resident of Camp Ashraf and after the 8 April 2011 attack by Maliki’s army forces on the camp he decided to leave. He introduced himself to the Iraqi forces on September 16th of that year. The next day the legal advisor of the camp residents sent an email to the UNAMI informing them of Dalili (Bahman Afraze) departing the camp and introducing himself to the Iraq forces. The text of the letter is as below. 

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Dalili was then immediately transferred by Iraqi forces to Baghdad’s Hotel Mohajer, known to be controlled by the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence. Following reports from Hotel Mohajer reveal that Dalili began cooperating with the Iraqi army intelligence against the PMOI and Ashraf residents, and he was then transferred to Hotel al Mansour. However, sometime later he was taken to another location controlled by the Iraqi army intelligence and was in cooperation with the terrorist Quds Force. The location where Dalili was held always remained a secret.
One year later on July 14, 2012 the Tabnak website belonging to Mohsen Rezaie, former Revolutionary Guards commander and former secretary of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, wrote:

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“Following the separation of Massoud Dalili, the man in charge of Massoud Rajavi’s security team, there has been a wave of concerns amongst the senior officials of this group-let regarding revelations about their internal relations. In recent days there have been numerous calls made with people inside the country about Dalili’s] possible entrance to the country.  He fled prison back in 1984 and eventually became a member of the Monafeqin’s (term used by the Iranian regime for the PMOI) Central Council. He was later appointed as head of Massoud Rajavi’s security team.”


 In the afternoon of 1 September 2013, when a UN representative was eventually permitted to enter Ashraf, he went along with the survivors of the massacre to prepare a report and count the number of people murdered. They entered the attacked areas and began searching when they stumbled before an unidentified body that was wearing the uniform of the attacking forces. Later on it became clear it was none other than Massoud Dalili Dakhel. The UN representative took pictures of this body. We are faced with a horrific scene when we look at the body from the front. After he was murdered the attacking forces poured acid on his face and burned it, in an attempt to cloak his identity. This took place in the last moments of their retreat from Ashraf when they no longer needed a guide.

Dalili was one of Ashraf’s security personnel, and based on his duties he was very much aware of the paths, security checkpoints and roadblocks, including all the main roads and secondary paths in the camp. He knew the location of the command HQ in building #52 and that is why he was the assailants’ guide during the attack, and they had directly reached that very spot in the shortest amount of time.
At first those residents who survived the massacre were very suspicious that the body actually belonged to Dalili who had departed Ashraf two years before. They didn’t say a word until they became completely certain, especially after spotting the German-made hearing device in his left ear that the Ashraf medical staff had purchased for him when he was in Ashraf.

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 - Top left- body of Massoud Dalili Dakhel. He was shot dead by attackers on Camp Ashraf after he guided them through

- Bottom left- the attackers burnt his face with acid to disguise his ID. The German hearing aid provided to him by PMOI clinic is recognizable
- Top right – Iraqi forces investigating the body one day after the attack, on Sept 11, 2013
- Bottom right- the UNAMI representative taking photos and inspecting the body in the afternoon of the day of attack on Sept 10, 2013

One of the most obvious examples of treason and cooperation with the Iranian regime to annihilate former colleagues can be seen in the case of an individual by the name of Massoud Dalili Dakhel. After leaving Ashraf and being recruited by MOIS and then the terrorist Quds Force, he played a major role in the 1 September 2013 massacre of Ashraf residents as a guide for the Iraqi attacking forces associated to then PM al Maliki. As the assailants reached their objectives and no longer had any use of him they murdered him before leaving Ashraf and left his body to remain in the camp.

Dalili was a resident of Camp Ashraf and after the 8 April 2011 attack by Maliki’s army forces on the camp he decided to leave. He introduced himself to the Iraqi forces on September 16th of that year. The next day the legal advisor of the camp residents sent an email to the UNAMI informing them of Dalili (Bahman Afraze) departing the camp and introducing himself to the Iraq forces. The text of the letter is as below. 

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