December 14, 2017

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...]

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...]