January 24, 2018

Iranian Dissidents Concerned as U.N., Iraq Sign Agreement Over Refugee Camp

FOX NEWS The United Nations and the Iraqi government have announced that they have signed an agreement about what to do with 3,400 Iranian exiles who have been left stateless and under siege at a refugee camp in Iraq. The State Department welcomed the announcement. "We are encouraged by the Iraqi government's willingness to commit to this plan," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote. "Officials from U.S. Embassy Baghdad will visit regularly and frequently....At this new location, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will be able to conduct refugee status determinations for the residents of Ashraf -- a necessary first step toward resettlement to third countries." But … [Read more...]

Rockets strike Iran dissident camp in Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE At least two rockets struck a camp in central Iraq housing Iranian dissidents Sunday evening, a senior army officer said, as Baghdad and the UN signed a pact aimed at resolving the residents' status. Sunday's deal had been welcomed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and came after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said his government would extend a year-end deadline for the removal of the camp residents from Iraq. "Two rockets landed on Camp Ashraf last night," an Iraqi army colonel said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The casualties are unknown because we are forbidden from entering the camp." It was not immediately clear who fired the rockets. The … [Read more...]

Secretary Clinton: Situation at Ashraf

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC December 25, 2011   Today, the United Nations and the Government of Iraq signed an important agreement on the temporary relocation and eventual resettlement of the more than 3,000 residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. We commend the Government of Iraq for its work with United Nations Special Representative Ambassador Martin Kobler, and welcome this important step toward a humane resolution to the ongoing situation at Ashraf. The UN effort has our full support. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding represents significant progress on this issue and outlines steps necessary to achieve a … [Read more...]

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...]