November 20, 2017

Iraq’s looming massacre

 THE WASHINGTON TIMES Obama’s abandoning of Camp Ashraf to its fate would breach U.S. honor It was the “mission accomplished” moment that millions of Americans had been waiting for and many of us considered long overdue: the official end to the war in Iraq and the return of all U.S. troops. Whether you believe the operation in Iraq was a noble cause or pure folly, President Obama’s announcement last month that fighting men and women would be coming home to their families in time for the holidays was cause for celebration. It also should raise an alarm. The withdrawal is widely perceived throughout the region as a victory for Iran. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, called it a … [Read more...]

House Committee Approves Amendment to Protect Camp Ashraf

STOP FUNDAMENTALISM Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on both sides of the isle unanimously approved an amendment to a bill that called to protect the 3400 residents of the Iranian dissident Camp Ashraf which is located northeast of Baghdad today, reported AP. The Bill is designed to impose yet harder sanctions on Iran. "If history is any guide, it will see another massacre," said Judge Ted Poe, R-Texas, refereeing to two tragic previous incidents at the camp in which almost 50 residents died when Iraqi military units opened fire on the unarmed population of the camp. Baghdad says it intends to close the camp by the end of 2011 despite international calls that the date is not … [Read more...]

Lawmakers fear Iranian dissidents face assault in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Want U.N. to protect Camp Ashraf Nearly three dozen U.S. lawmakers are urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to prevent a fresh outbreak of violence at a camp for former Iranian resistance fighters in Iraq. In a letter made public Wednesday, they wrote that residents of Camp Ashraf have been subjected to “deadly incursions and repeated incidents of harassment” by Iraqi forces. Late Monday night, Iraqi troops and police entered the camp with sirens blaring in what residents said was an attempt to intimidate them. On April 8, the Iraqi army attacked the camp, killing 36 residents, including eight women. More than 300 others were wounded. The lawmakers warned of … [Read more...]

House committee OKs new penalties against Iran

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday unanimously approved harsher penalties against Iran, arguing that an economically weak Tehran will struggle in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. By voice vote, Republicans and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee pushed forward two bills that would strengthen current sanctions while expanding the list of companies and individuals subject to penalties. Lawmakers cited recent allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and insisted that such brazen behavior demands consequences. The legislation builds on sanctions that Congress overwhelmingly passed — and President Barack … [Read more...]

US lawmakers advance new Iran sanctions

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON — The US House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday to toughen sanctions on Tehran over its suspect nuclear program in the wake of an alleged Iranian assassination plot. The panel endorsed the measure by voice vote, with Democrats and Republicans closing ranks in the wake of US allegations that Iranian officials schemed to hire Mexican drug cartel killers to murder Saudi Arabia's envoy to Washington. "There should be consequences to this type of behavior, and I believe the international community must stand up against this threat," said the committee's top Democrat, Representative Howard Berman. US lawmakers aim to tighten already … [Read more...]

One Thousand Women on the Verge of a Massacre in Camp Ashraf

THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE More than 5 months have passed since Iraqi forces last carried out a brutal attack against a refugee camp in Iraq housing 3,400 Iranian dissidents - 1,000 of which are women. That attack left 36 people dead, including 8 women, and 375 other men and women were left injured. The residents of this camp are Iranian exiles, members of the resistance movement struggling against the theocratic dictatorship ruling Iran. For the past 2 years they have been living under siege. Iraqi forces, stationed in and around the camp, have exposed the residents to all sorts of restrictions and psychological pressures. At behest of the mullahs in Tehran, the Iraqi Prime … [Read more...]

Iranian exiles in Iraq fear attack from Iraqi soldiers

 THE WASHINGTON TIMES Unarmed Iranian exiles in an Iraqi refugee compound fear another “bloodbath” by Iraqi soldiers after military vehicles rolled into the area late Monday, an Iranian source inside the compound told The Washington Times on Tuesday. “Iraqi army battalions and Iraqi police are preparing to attack Camp Ashraf,” said Shahriar Kia, a spokesman for the Iranian resistance exiles in the compound. They are “setting the stage for a bloodbath,” he said as he released a video recording of about 40 army and police vehicles driving into the compound with sirens blaring at about 11 p.m. Monday. The authenticity of the video could not be confirmed independently. Iraqi … [Read more...]

Amnesty International urges the Iraqi government to extend deadline for Camp New Iraq residents

Amnesty International is concerned that some 3,250 Iranian long term residents of Iraq who reside at Camp New Iraq, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, are at serious risk of severe human rights violations if the Iraqi government goes ahead with its plans to force the closure of the camp by the end of December 2011. The Camp, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, has previously been attacked several times by Iraqi security forces causing the deaths of dozens of residents and injuries to others. Most recently, Iraqi troops stormed into the camp on 8 April using grossly excessive force and live fire against residents who tried to resist them. Some 36 residents, including eight women, were killed and … [Read more...]

Iraqi army battalions and police forces are preparing to attack Camp Ashraf

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF RESISTANCE - PRESS RELEASE Click here to watch the video NCRI - At 11 pm last night, a column of Iraqi military vehicles, including at least 30 military vehicles with one column of police vehicles including 10 cars, entered from the main gate of Camp Ashraf with a lot of noise and lights on, patrolling and conducting exercises around the camp began. The suppressive battalion commander and his deputy were also in this column Simultaneously, the mercenaries, who for the past 21 months have been engaged in psychological torture of the residents with 300 loudspeakers, increased their threats, shouts and slurs. The intention for this suppressive exercise was on one hand … [Read more...]

Remarks by Iraqi Foreign Minister, stage-setting for a greater massacre in Ashraf

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Press Release NCRI - Yesterday, 31 October 2011, foreign minister of Iraq Mr. Hoshyar Zebari, in a joint press conference with the foreign minister of the fascist clerical regime ruling Iran Salehi, in a repulsive kowtow promised him: "We have declared that the decision to close down Ashraf by the end of the year shall be implemented. In letters to the United Nations Secretary-General, the High Commissioner for Refugees, and the European Union, we have emphasized the government’s decision in this regard… There is no government that would accept the presence of a group or an organization on its soil against its will, its laws, and its sovereignty… … [Read more...]