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Fox News “Special Report”: Panel Discusses America’s Promise of Protection to Camp Ashraf Residents

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Fox News: America ‘s Promise and Humanitarian Crisis in Camp Ashraf

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Statement by the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on Camp Ashraf

The following statement was issued on 26 December by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General welcomes the signing on 25 December of a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq for the voluntary relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf). He believes that the agreement lays the foundation for a peaceful and durable solution to the situation, respecting both the sovereignty of Iraq and its international humanitarian and human rights obligations. The Memorandum of Understanding is the result of intense negotiations between his Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, and representatives … [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...]

Martin Kobler Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Iraqi Government for Voluntary Relocation of Residents of Camp New Iraq

UNAMI Press Releases Baghdad, 25 December 2011- The United Nations and the Government of Iraq signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a humanitarian and peaceful resolution of the situation of the residents of camp New Iraq (former Ashraf). The MoU was signed on behalf of the United Nations by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, and on behalf of the Government of Iraq by the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Mr. Faleh Fayad. “The United Nations involvement in this issue has been from a purely humanitarian perspective. It has done its utmost as an impartial facilitator to find 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...]