December 16, 2017

Terrorist Quds Force affiliated teams fire Katusha rockets at Camp Ashraf

NCRI - On Sunday evening, around 20:00 hours (Baghdad local time) terror teams affiliated with the Iranian regime's terrorist Quds Force targeted Camp Ashraf with Katusha rockets that landed inside the southern section of the camp near where the housing units of the residents. On Thursday, General Hossein Hamedani,  a commander of Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) acknowledged, in an interview with IRGC's Fars news agency , that he had been personally to Camp Ashraf for reconnaissance activities and setting the stage for an attack against the camp.   Since one week ago, some 400 agents of Iranian regime's Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS) had been stationed in a … [Read more...]

Abandoning America’s Iraqi and Iranian allies

UNITE PRESS INTERNATIONAL WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- As U.S. troops head home from Iraq, Americans welcome them with open arms and take pride in others who risked their lives to support the U.S. side -- direct hires like translators left behind plus Iraqi and Iranian supporters. U.S. diplomats actively manage a crisis in the Iraqi Parliament between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's supporters against former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and Iraqiya, his multi-sectarian group of mainly Sunni and moderate Shiite Muslims. The crisis involves another major Sunni -- Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who escaped to the Kurdish area because of an arrest warrant on apparently trumped-up charges he … [Read more...]

Amnesty International: Residents of ‘Camp Shraf’ in Iraq at risk

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Between 400 and 800 Iranian nationals living in a camp in Iraq could be transferred to a new location at the end of this year. Their security could be at risk while they are being moved. Amnesty International is calling on the Iraqi authorities to ensure the ir protection . Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, situated 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, is home to some 3,250 Iranian asylum-seekers who have lived in Iraq for some 25 years. They are associated with the Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). The camp has been attacked several times by Iraqi security forces, most recently in April 2011, causing the deaths of … [Read more...]

Three year siege of Ashraf, war crime and crime against humanity, not to be whitewashed

NCRI - The AFP on Wednesday December 21 quoted the United States' State Department as follows:  "After tensions related to necessary supplies to the camp during recent months, it seems that no problem remains as to the supply of food and water but some 'worrying' remains on fuel supplies." Those affirmations are completely erroneous and devoid of truth.  The Iraqi government, on strict demands from the Iranian regime, has imposed a harsh all round siege on Ashraf since three years ago, a siege strongly intensified during recent months. Since the beginning of 2009 and especially during the last two years, repressive Iraqi forces have continuously hurdled the transfer of the urgently sick … [Read more...]

Mrs. Rajavi welcomes peaceful solution for Camp Ashraf,announces the residents’ consent for relocating 400 to Camp Liberty with provision of minimum guarantees for their security and safety

Mrs. Rajavi declares her readiness to travel to Baghdad for talks with the Government of Iraq at the presence of UN Secretary General's Representative to Iraq, US Secretary of State's Special Advisor on Ashraf, Special Advisor to Baroness Ashton on Ashraf, Vice-president of the European Parliament, President of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq at the European Parliament and the lawyers of Ashraf. NCRI - Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, welcomed the peaceful resolution of the Ashraf crisis and repeated her readiness to visit Baghdad immediately to engage in discussions with the Iraqi government on arrangements to implement the plan for the peaceful … [Read more...]

Iraq extends deadline for Iranian exiles to exit Camp Ashraf

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) – Under international pressure, the Iraqi government on Wednesday backed off its threat to close a refugee camp holding 3,400 Iranian exiles by the end of the month. Instead, Iraq said it will shut Camp Ashraf sometime in January and insisted that all its residents must leave the country by April. It promised not to deport anyone to Iran. A spokeswoman for the exiles responded positively to elements of the plan and insisted that the U.S. and U.N. guarantee their safety. The extension of the deadline raises the likelihood of a peaceful resolution to the standoff, heading off a possible bloodbath that many international observers have feared. The future of … [Read more...]

EU court upholds bar on Iran group terrorism listing

REUTERS BRUSSELS - The EU's highest court upheld a decision Wednesday to remove an Iranian opposition group from the EU's terrorism blacklist, a ruling that could affect the fate of thousands of the organization's members stranded in Iraq. France had appealed against a decision by a lower EU court that ordered the European bloc to remove the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) from its terrorism list, but the European Court of Justice rejected the appeal. It upheld a 2008 decision by the ECJ's court of first instance, which held that the EU had failed to provide the PMOI with evidence that formed the basis of a decision to keep it on the terrorism list. "The adoption of such … [Read more...]

Top EU court upholds removal of Iran’s PMOI from terror list

DEUTSCHE PRESSE AGENTUR Luxembourg - The European Union's top judges on Wednesday endorsed a lower-court ruling that called for the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) to be removed from the bloc's list of terrorist organizations. Founded in 1965, the PMOI operated a military wing in its early years, but says it renounced violence in June 2001 and now advocates the political overthrow of Iran's current government. France had appealed the lower-court decision, after managing in 2008 to convince its EU counterparts to keep the PMOI's assets frozen, even after it was taken off a British list of terrorist organizations. But the European Court of Justice agreed with the EU's General Court that … [Read more...]

Mrs. Rajavi calls on President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to ensure the minimum guarantees for the relocation of Camp Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty

NCRI - The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, while announcing that the residents of Ashraf were in principle prepared to relocate to Camp Liberty, appealed to President Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for their intervention and assistance so that the United States, the United Nations and the European Union support and endorse, and the Government of Iraq accept, the minimum guarantees for the residents’ security and well-being, in order to prevent the recurrence of violence and bloodshed until the residents are resettled in third countries. Recalling that UNHCR has recognized the residents of Ashraf as “formally asylum-seekers under international law,” and … [Read more...]

Sounding the alarm on Camp Ashraf

TORONTO STAR While the world prepares to celebrate the beginning of the New Year, the people of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, live in imminent peril. At the camp — set up by American forces — 3,400 Iranian refugees are facing prospective massacre at the hands of the Iraqi government. The majority of residents have survived until now because of U.S. protection, but with American forces leaving by the end of the year, the Iraqi government has imposed an arbitrary deadline of Dec. 31 for residents to leave. Those who have nowhere to go will likely be attacked and killed; yet, the international community has been largely silent to their plight. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has … [Read more...]