December 16, 2017

As US troops leave Iraq, an assault is planned that should shame us all

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH A tragedy is presently unfolding in Iraq that makes a mockery of the boast by US defence secretary Leon Panetta that American forces are leaving it a “free, independent and sovereign country”. And in two weeks’ time it seems set to come to a bloody climax. For some years this column has been drawing attention to the horrible threat that hangs over Camp Ashraf, the once neatly-ordered town on the Iranian border which has, since 2001, been home to 3,400 Iranian exiles, members of the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI), the leading group opposed to the tyranny of the mullahs in Tehran. In 2004, the Ashraf residents surrendered their arms in return for personal written … [Read more...]

A Humanitarian Catastrophe at Ashraf Spells Political Catastrophe for the White House

 THE AMERICAN THINKER U.S. troops are set to completely withdraw from Iraq on the 31st of December.  That is also the date for another more ominous deadline: al-Maliki's government has ordered what looks to be a bloody attack on innocent political refugees on that very same day, despite strong condemnations from human rights groups, parliamentarians, and journalists from around the world.  Maliki's order to empty Camp Ashraf, which will no doubt lead to a massacre, came after his meeting with the Iranian leader Khamenei.  Dispersion of the camp residents no doubt will resemble what happened to the Jewish community during the Second World War.  The attack will target the 3,400 residents … [Read more...]

Iraq’s Maliki Unleashes Moqtada Sadr’s Hired Mob against Iranian Exiles in Camp Ashraf According to reports from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, directed by the Iranian government, has unleashed the Moqtada Sadr’s hired mobs against the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf. Faced with increasing opposition from various political circles in Iraq to his stance toward the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq whose members reside in Camp Ashraf, Maliki intends to use Moqtada Sadr’s followers who are paid with Iranian money to pressure the camp’s residents. Since Maliki entered the Iranian-arranged alliance with Moqtada Sadr in order to secure his position as prime minister, he has increasingly used Sadr’s loyalists as street shock troops to attack … [Read more...]

Remembering lessons of appeasement

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Obama risks complicity by ignoring Iran’s threats against Camp Ashraf Dec. 7 was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On that morning in 1941, 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet in two waves. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, four sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers. In total, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. The attack shocked America and led directly to the American entry into World War II. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. On Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, causing the … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf exiles file US complaint against Iran, Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON — Four Iranian exiles have filed a complaint in US court against senior Iranian and Iraqi officials for their alleged role in an April attack on Camp Ashraf, a site for Iranian dissidents in Iraq. The Iranians, three of whom received political asylum in the United States and another resided in the United States, claim they suffered "heavy injuries" during an April 8 attack on Camp Ashraf, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in US District Court in Washington. The site north of Baghdad houses some 3,400 Iranian refugees hostile to the regime in Tehran. It is controlled by the People's Mujahedeen, which Washington blacklists as a terrorist group. In … [Read more...]

USCCAR Strongly Condemns Washington Post’s Editorial for Giving Iraq’s Maliki License to Murder Camp Ashraf Residents

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores Washington Post's editorial ("A U.S. plan to save Iranians who remain in Iraq", Dec. 14), endorsing a US plan for relocation of 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf to an Iraqi-run de facto detention center near Baghdad's International airport, formerly known as Camp Liberty. The insidious piece, replete with double-entendre and mixing of absolutely no facts and lots of fiction, is effectively a farewell gift to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, on his way back to Baghdad, to set in motion the plan for the massacre of Camp Ashraf residents. The Post is suggesting to … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf “massacre” must be stopped

 THE INDEPENDENT America’s involvement in the second Gulf War in Iraq – whether you were in favour of it or opposed it – is about to end. The Prime Minister of the “new” Iraq was in Washington this week as the guest of President Obama. Most people assumed that any future government would abide by the principles of human rights and democracy.  But there is an inconvenient truth that is hard to understand for the families of our soldiers who died there and the troops themselves who were wounded. It is hard for the families of unknown number of Iraqi civilians who died there, and for the Iranian dissidents stranded there at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The truth is that Prim Minister Nouri … [Read more...]

Obama must act before the US implicates itself in a war crime at Camp Ashraf

 NEW INTERNATIONALIST It is rare that the US will find itself singing from the same hymn sheet as the brutal religious theocracy in Iran. As I write this letter, a peculiar and tragic piece of politics is being played out in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, which has, inconceivably, united these two opposite parties. Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the MEK, Iran’s main opposition group. They have been fighting for decades to create a democratic state in Iran. During the Clinton administration, the US government declared that the MEK were terrorists, in order to bring Iran and its apparently moderate president Khatami to the negotiation table. It was appeasement of the worst kind. Over the past … [Read more...]

Decision to close Iran exile camp ‘irreversible’: Iraq PM

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAGHDAD — Iraq's decision to close a camp housing Iranian dissidents by year-end is "irreversible," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told AFP on Thursday, rejecting UN calls for a delay to avoid bloodshed. Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, houses some 3,400 Iranian refugees hostile to the regime in Tehran. It is controlled by the People's Mujahedeen, which Washington blacklists as a terrorist group. "The decision we made is irreversible, especially because this organisation refused the visit of a UN representative to Camp Ashraf," Maliki said. "They've rejected the UN plan, which means this is a criminal gang and we cannot permit a criminal gang to remain here," he … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf refugees get all-party support

CBC News MPs say Iraq's Camp Ashraf residents have been 'indiscriminately massacred' Government and opposition MPs concerned for the safety of 3,400 refugees — predominantly Iranians — facing expulsion from Iraq's Camp Ashraf have joined forces to call for assistance from Canadian allies. Residents are mostly members of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq of Iran, which is listed as a terrorist organization in Canada and the U.S. The group opposes the current regime in Iran. After a deadly raid on the camp last spring, supporters fear for the safety of residents if they are forced to leave the camp. The Iraqi government wants the refugees out by Dec. 31, and its officials say they want the UN to … [Read more...]