February 18, 2018

The World is Watching Iraq on Camp Ashraf

THE HUFFINGTON POST The first test has been met, and the 3400 Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf in Iraq have been saved from being massacred or be dispersed throughout Iraq and then be massacred. But many more tests lie ahead, and the world community will be watching. Resolution of the tense standoff between the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the Government of Iraq began on 25 December, when the United Nations and Iraq agreed on a plan to move the dissidents at Camp Ashraf to an abandoned US military base near Baghdad called Camp Liberty. However, the dissidents were understandably wary of any promise from the government of Nouri al-Maliki and needed assurances from world bodies … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf: Warning on Iranian regime’s efforts to undermine a peaceful solution

Iranian Resistance requests Secretary Clinton and UN Secretary General to undertake appropriate measures to ensure the success of US, UN, EU and UNHCR efforts, which are being seriously threatened by the Iranian regime NCRI - In separate statements, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and EU High Representative Baroness Catherine Ashton welcomed the peaceful and humanitarian solution for Camp Ashraf crisis according to international law. The international community, including the governments of Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany also welcomed this solution. On December 28, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the … [Read more...]

UN complains to Iraq over attack on dissident camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has complained to Iraq about mortar attacks this week on an Iranian dissident camp near Baghdad and has won a promise that they will be stopped, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday. Two mortars hit Camp Ashraf on Sunday, just days after Baghdad extended a year-end deadline for the facility to be closed as the United Nations negotiated resettlement of 3,000 residents there. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles (65 km) from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The U.N. special envoy to Iraq, Martin … [Read more...]

400 Camp Ashraf residents declare their readiness to move to Camp Liberty

NCRI - In a  meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the UN for Iraq, and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  the representatives of Camp Ashraf residents declared that upon a request by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, 400 of Camp Ashraf residents are ready to move to Camp Liberty on December 30 with their vehicles and movable belongings including kitchen, bakery, heating, cooling facilities, etc. The representatives of Ashraf residents stipulated that as it was declared by Mrs. Rajavi on Dec 28, the transfer will take … [Read more...]

Iranian Exiles in Iraq Ready to Start Relocation

FOX NEWS The leader of an Iranian dissident group has agreed to start relocating refugees who for years have been living in precarious conditions in an Iraqi camp.  Under an agreement recently struck between the United Nations and the Iraqi government, the 3,400 Iranian exiles at a site known as Camp Ashraf will move to Camp Liberty -- the former U.S. military base near Baghdad -- before making arrangements to leave Iraq and resettle elsewhere.  Maryam Rajavi, the Paris-based head of the group, averted a potential showdown Wednesday by announcing that, "as a gesture of goodwill," 400 residents at Ashraf are prepared to go to Camp Liberty "at first opportunity." The statement was obtained … [Read more...]

Iranian exiles in Iraq agree to move camps

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of an Iranian exile group holed up at a camp in Iraq said Wednesday that the first of the camp's residents are ready to move to a new location picked by the Iraqi government, solving a potential crisis. The announcement Wednesday by Maryam Rajavi, the Paris-based leader of the group, averted what could have been a bloody showdown with Iraqi authorities if the residents had refused to move. "After receiving assurances ... and as a sign of goodwill, 400 Ashraf residents are ready to go to Camp Liberty with their moveable property and vehicles at first opportunity," read the statement. Camp Liberty is the former American military base in Baghdad that … [Read more...]

Maryam Rajavi: 400 Ashraf residents are prepared to go to Camp Liberty at first opportunity .

Maryam Rajavi expresses gratitude to Secretary Clinton for humanitarian approach to safety and security of Ashraf residents, and appreciate efforts by UN Secretary General, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, UNHCR, and Baroness Ashton NCRI - Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, expressed her gratitude for the humanitarian approach by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her December 25 statement on the situation in Ashraf for reaching a peaceful and durable solution on the Camp’s residents and for her stressing their "safety and security" and that "officials from U.S. Embassy Baghdad will visit (Camp Liberty) regularly and … [Read more...]

Rocket hits Iran dissident camp in Iraq: officials

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAQUBA, Iraq — Multiple rockets over the past 24 hours hit a camp in Iraq housing Iranian exiles, officials and the group based there said on Wednesday, after Iraq and the UN signed a pact to resettle residents. The latest strikes, the third in four days, occurred at about 8:15 pm (1715 GMT) on Wednesday, according to an official at the Iraqi security command centre in Diyala provincial capital Baquba. "Four mortars fell on Camp Ashraf at around 8:15 pm from unknown sources," the official said. It was not immediately clear if they caused casualties. On Tuesday evening, at least one rocket hit the camp, the official and a spokesman for the camp said. An ambulance was … [Read more...]

UN Secretary-General, Welcoming Memorandum of Understanding on Relocation of Camp New Iraq Residents, Warns That Forcible Solution Would Be ‘Unacceptable’

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York Secretary-General, Welcoming Memorandum of Understanding on Relocation of Camp New Iraq Residents, Warns That Forcible Solution Would Be ‘Unacceptable’ The following statement was issued on 26 December by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General welcomes the signing on 25 December of a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf).  He believes that the agreement lays the foundation for a peaceful and durable solution to the situation, respecting both the … [Read more...]

Political Turmoil in Iraq – Camp Ashraf

Fox News  "Special Report" with Shannon Bream Special Guests: A.B. Stoddard, Steve Hayes, Charles Krauthammer Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com MICHAEL MUKASEY, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL: Now these people are in a camp where they are defenseless, and the United States troops have pulled out with the result that they are now at the mercy of the Iraqi government which is really doing the biding of the Iranian government. They've attacked them twice, both times when the U.S., then U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, was in country. SHANNON BREAM, GUEST HOST: That is former Attorney General Michael Mukasey talking about a group of Iranian dissidents who actually live in Iraq, and … [Read more...]