November 18, 2017

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...]

Refugees or terrorists? They’ll soon be dead

TORONTO SUN They are half-a-world away and there are only seven of them, but the members of Parliament on a House of Commons human rights committee are doing whatever they can for the 3,400 refugees at Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, who, the MPs believe, are in imminent danger. There are two Canadians among the refugees. They remain at Ashraf voluntarily despite offers from Canadian consular officials to get them out of what could, within days, become a very dicey situation. Last month, diplomats convinced nine other Canadians to leave the camp. Today, Canadian officials will travel from Jordan to Camp Ashraf, at some risk to their own personal security, to check on conditions and on the … [Read more...]

As U.S. Withdraws From Iraq, We Must Still Keep Our Promise to the Residents of Camp Ashraf

Fox News Monday, President Obama welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the White House with the declaration that U.S. troops were leaving Iraq with “heads held high.” But while administration spin-miesters are promoting the so-called deepening strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, an emboldened and increasingly defiant Maliki is quickly moving forward with sinister preparations of his own that threaten to jettison President Obama’s mission-accomplished moment. In collusion with the Mullahs terrorist regime in Tehran, the Iraqi Prime Minister is planning a Srebrenica-style massacre of 3,400 unarmed Iranian dissidents living in his country at Camp Ashraf---each … [Read more...]

Bay Area Iranian-Americans fear forced closure of Iraq’s Camp Ashraf will lead to a massacre

San Jose Mercury News For years, a Bay Area couple had been trying to publicize the danger that dissidents from their native Iran faced at a camp across the border in Iraq. Then, in April, Parviz and Ensieh Yazdanpanah's greatest fear came true in a very personal way: Their adopted daughter was one of three dozen unarmed people killed at Camp Ashraf by Iraqi troops. A family photo album that includes childhood pictures of birthday parties ends with the images of 30-year-old Asieh Rakhshani bleeding to death in an Ashraf hospital. "She died hoping for peace and freedom in the region," her mother said, breaking into tears. On Monday, the couple and hundreds of others from the Bay Area's … [Read more...]

White House talks on Iraq’s Camp Ashraf draw protesters

CNN Washington (CNN) -- Several prominent Americans joined Iranian opposition activists Monday in a noisy demonstration outside the White House, urging President Obama to discuss what may soon happen at a refugee camp as the United States leaves Iraq. The Iraqi government plans to close Camp Ashraf northeast of Baghdad at the end of December, without clear assurances the refugees will be protected against attacks by Iraqi forces and reprisals from neighboring Iran. The camp is home to more than 3,000 people described as Iranian resistance figures and their sympathizers. The group, known as MEK or the People's Mujahidin of Iran, has been designated by the United States as a terrorist … [Read more...]

Demonstrators Call On Obama To Protect Iranian Dissidents

RTTNews  Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the White House gates ahead of a meeting here between President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The crowd called on Obama to help protect those at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq. Demonstrators said they fear that with U.S. combat forces leaving Iraq the al-Maliki government will evict the Iranian exiles from Camp Ashraf and deport them back to Iran, where they could face almost-certain death for their opposition to government leaders in the Islamic republic. Located just 60-miles from the Iraqi border with Iran, Camp Ashraf has been the site of alleged human rights abuses. The unarmed … [Read more...]

Will Obama live up to his Nobel Prize qualifications?

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to visit U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. He also is wanted for questioning by Spanish courts for crimes that have taken place at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq, in July 2009 and April 2011under his orders. These courts are waiting for his term of office to end to summon him. Last week in Brussels, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee at the time Obama was elected, challenged Obama to live up to the qualifications of the Nobel Peace Prize he was given the first year he was in office. He said … [Read more...]

UN-Iraq calls on Europe to take Iranian camp members

AFP BAGHDAD - European states should agree to accept members of an exiled Iranian group whose base in Iraq is being threatened with closure at year-end, the United Nations' special envoy to Baghdad said on Monday. Martin Kobler also called for the Iraqi government to extend the date of the closure of Camp Ashraf, which has been home to several thousand members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) since the 1980s. "I appeal to the governments of all UN member states, however in particular to the Europeans, to take Camp Ashraf residents into their countries," Kobler told AFP following a ceremony to mark International Human Rights Day, which was on December 10. Kobler said … [Read more...]