February 18, 2018

Searches delay Iran exiles’ exit from Iraq camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAGHDAD — Searches of Iranian opposition members have delayed their departure from a camp in Iraq for a UN-approved site near Baghdad, an Iraqi army officer and a legal adviser to the exiles said on Friday. A group of some 400 Iranians opposed to the regime in Tehran was to depart on Friday from Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, for a new location called Camp Liberty, as part of a process that aims to see them resettled outside Iraq. The planned move is part of a December 25 deal between the UN and Iraq, which was reached after extensive talks, under which around 3,400 members of the opposition People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) are to leave Camp Ashraf, … [Read more...]

EU: Iraq must ensure Iran exile group’s safety

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BRUSSELS - The European Union called on Iraqi authorities on Friday to guarantee the security of an Iranian opposition group transferring to a new camp near Baghdad. The National Council of Resistance (NCRI) has agreed to begin evacuating Camp Ashraf, its long-time base in central Iraq, and transfer the refugees to Camp Liberty, a former US military base. "We urge this movement to start as scheduled on 17 February and call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities regarding the safety and security of the residents of the Camp," Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in a statement. "We also call on the … [Read more...]

State Department’s Statement on Camp Ashraf

Camp Ashraf  Press Statement Victoria Nuland Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 16, 2012    The United States continues to pursue a peaceful, humane solution to the untenable situation at Camp Ashraf. The critical next step is the voluntary movement of the first group of 400 Ashraf residents to the new transit facility at Camp Hurriya (former Camp Liberty). The United States supports the UN’s call for the Iraqi Government and the residents of Camp Ashraf to continue to cooperate and begin this movement peacefully and without delay. Once the first group arrives at Hurriya, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) … [Read more...]

Iranian exile group to start evacuating Iraqi camp

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE PARIS — Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance said Thursday it has agreed to begin evacuating its long-time base in a camp in central Iraq to transfer to a UN-approved site near Baghdad. According to a statement issued by the exiled group's base in Paris, NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi has agreed that the first 400 of 3,400 refugees based in Ashraf camp will be transferred to Camp Liberty, a former US military base. The statement said Rajavi had received assurances from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before agreeing to order the move. "This is despite the fact that there was no agreement on the transfer of all their vehicles and personal … [Read more...]

Iranian dissidents in Iraq agree to move to new camp

REUTERS  PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The leader of an exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday she had agreed to start relocating Iranian dissidents from a long-disputed camp in Iraq after receiving assurances from the United States about their safety. Some 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, the settlement known as Camp Ashraf is the base of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), an Iranian opposition group that Washington considers a terrorist group. The Iraqi government, which is friendly with Tehran, has said it intends to close the camp, which is home to an estimated 3,000 Iranian dissidents and has been the scene of bloody clashes between residents and the Iraqi … [Read more...]

Assassination of Iranian Scientist and US Role

THE HUFFINGTON POST (UK) The mysterious assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist on 12 January, raised questions on who was responsible for a series of similar killings. Rumours initiated by pro-Iran bloggers made headlines claiming it was a "joint Mossad-MEK" operation. None of the claims were backed by anything beyond an unnamed "secret Israeli source." A month later, the NBC news ran a piece with the same headline: Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists. A story that seemed designed to pour fuel on an almost extinguished fire. When asked about a possible MEK involvement, an unnamed US official told NBC "All your inclinations are correct." Another unnamed … [Read more...]

Iran Policy Committee: NBC Deceived by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and Anonymous U.S. Sources

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, 8 February 2012, the NBC Rock Center TV program website ran a provocative story, "Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News." The article claims, "Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel's secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran's leaders." In conducting covert operations against Iranian nuclear scientists and engineers, the NBC story asserts that Israel's intelligence service supposedly uses as a proxy the … [Read more...]

Ban calls for start of relocation of Iranian exiles living in camp in Iraq

UN News Centre 15 February 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the start of the relocation of residents of the settlement in Iraq formerly known as Camp Ashraf, urging the Government and the camp dwellers to continue to cooperate so that the process can be carried out in a peaceful manner. “The Secretary-General reiterates that the Government of Iraq bears the primary responsibility for the security and the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. “At the same time, the residents of Camp Ashraf also bear a responsibility to abide by the laws of Iraq. Any provocation or violence must be avoided and would be … [Read more...]

UN Secretary General’s Statement on Camp Ashraf

New York, 15 February 2012 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Camp Ashraf The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Camp Ashraf. Over the past few months, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), under the leadership of his Special Representative, Martin Kobler, and in close cooperation with UNHCR, the European Union, the United States and other interested Member States, has been tirelessly working as an impartial facilitator to promote a peaceful resolution of this issue, within the framework of UNAMI’s humanitarian mandate. At the request of the Secretary-General, the Government of Iraq extended its deadline to … [Read more...]

U.N. urges Iraq to move Iranian dissidents to new camp

REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq on Wednesday to speed up the transfer of Iranian dissidents at a camp near Baghdad to a temporary facility which the dissident group has compared to a prison. Camp Ashraf, 40 miles from Baghdad, has been home for 25 years to the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group the United States and Iran officially consider a terrorist organization. The current Iraqi government has never concealed its desire get rid of the camp. Under pressure from the United Nations and European Union, Baghdad extended its deadline to close Ashraf late last year from December 31, 2011 to April … [Read more...]