February 22, 2018

Archives for February 2013

Iranian exiles ask U.N., U.S. protection in Iraq after rocket hit

REUTERS GENEVA - An Iranian exile leader called on Thursday for swift U.N. and U.S. action to prevent further attacks on Iranian dissidents in a transit camp in Iraq following a rocket strike in which at least five people were killed and many wounded. The dissident group Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) calls for the overthrow of Iran's Shi'ite Muslim clerical leadership. The MEK fought alongside the forces of Iraq's late Sunni Muslim dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), affiliated with the MEK, made the appeal at the U.N.'s Geneva offices three weeks after the attack on Camp Liberty near Baghdad, … [Read more...]

Iran Opposition Group Urges More Security In Iraq

 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN (AP) — An Iranian opposition group urged the U.N. refugee agency Wednesday to provide better protection for its members in Iraq following a mortar attack on their camp near Baghdad airport in which seven people were killed. The call came during a meeting in Geneva of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a France-based Iranian opposition group. The group's leader, Maryam Rajavi, urged the U.N. to transfer about 3,100 members of its militant wing, known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, from the Baghdad facility to Camp Ashraf near Iraq's border with Iran. Last year, the MEK abandoned Camp Ashraf, where it had been based since 1986, and moved to … [Read more...]

Shiite militant threatens Iranian exiles in Iraq

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of a new Shiite militant group in Iraq on Tuesday threatened to carry out more attacks on a camp for Iranian exiles that was struck by dozens of rockets and mortar shells earlier this month. Seven people were killed in the Feb. 9 attack on the camp near Baghdad airport that houses members of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, the militant wing of a Paris-based Iranian opposition group. Iraq's government, which maintains friendly ties with Tehran, considers the MEK a terrorist group and wants its members out of country. Tuesday's comments from Wathiq al-Batat suggest he shares the government's goal, even if he disagrees with its handling of the … [Read more...]

Guiliani: Martin Kobler is a ‘professional liar’ doing Iran and Iraq’s ‘dirty work’

NCRI - The United Nations representative in Iraq Martin Kobler has been branded a 'professional liar' who is doing Iran and Iraq's 'dirty work' in a scathing speech by former New York mayor Rudy Guiliani. Mr Kobler had broken every promise he made before he forced Iranian refugees to move to the Camp Liberty 'concentration camp' where they are now at extreme risk of attack without any protection from Iraq, the Un or the US, Mr Guiliani said. And he demanded that Liberty residents be immediately be given UN refugee status and moved swiftly back to the relative safety of camp Ashraf. Mr Guiliani launched his criticism of Mr Kobler at conference in Houston, Texas, on Friday (Feb 22) … [Read more...]

The UN’s role in Baghdad’s killing fields

THE TELEGRAPH What on earth does Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s Secretary-General, think that Martin Kobler, his personal representative in Iraq, is up to? I have reported before on the extraordinary story of the betrayal of 3,200 Iranian dissidents who, for 30 years after the 1979 Iranian revolution, lived in Camp Ashraf, a little desert town near the Iranian border. In 2003, in return for disarming, they were given guarantees of their safety by a US general. But no sooner had US forces departed than, in 2009 and 2011, the town was attacked by Iraqi and Iranian forces, directed by Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, leaving 47 residents dead and hundreds injured. Last year, Martin … [Read more...]

A call for Iranian dissidents to be returned to Camp Ashraf

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL BRUSSELS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Friends of a Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament, which enjoys the active support of more than over 200 members of parliament from different political groups, had an urgent news conference highlighting the recent rocket attack on Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty in Iraq. The camp occupied by 3,100 asylum-seekers and refugees was attacked by 40 missiles on Feb. 9, an assault that resulted in the deaths of seven people and injuries -- many critical -- to more than 100. At the news conference, the author, who is chairman of the FOFI and president of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Iraq, of … [Read more...]

Martin Kobler and wife’s dangerous stance on Camp Liberty attack “facilitates” further attacks

Kobler’s absurd gesture through his wife to whitewash and getting away from responsibility of crimes against humanity, massacre of defenseless refugees and rendering them homeless Britta Wagner, the German Ambassador in Iraq and wife of Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq, in a statement issued a few days after  the missiles attack carried out by the mullahs’ regime and the Iraqi government on Camp Liberty, while whitewashing the bloody hands of the Iraqi government, praised the organization led by Kobler. Using the known tactic of swapping the victim with the henchman, she called on the "leadership of Camp Liberty to allow residents to enjoy their … [Read more...]

Voice of Iraq: Initial investigations confirm Iraqi forces involvement in camp liberty attack

NCRI – The initial investigations into deadly attack on Camp Liberty on February 9 confirm that Iraqi security systems were involved in the attack which left 7 killed and over a 100 injured, an Iraqi website reported. Voice of Iraq radio quoted a member of the Investigation Committee in the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday (February 17) on the condition of anonymity that: “The investigation includes commanders of the military forces responsible for the security of the region where camp Liberty is located.” He confirmed that members of the Iraqi National Coalition (the coalition forming the Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki) is preventing investigation on the attack and have a tendency to … [Read more...]

US Congress team warns Iraq after attack on Iranian refugees

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE PARIS - A team of US Congressmen met with the Iranian dissident group MEK in Paris on Sunday and threatened to declare Iraq's prime minister a sponsor of terrorism after a deadly attack on an Iranian exile camp there. The bi-partisan team, led by Dana Rohrabacher -- the chair of the sub-committee on Europe -- expressed strong support for the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) which has accused Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of ordering a deadly attack on its camp in Iraq on February 9. "The government of Iraq has clearly broken its word to us," Rohrabacher said, recalling that seven people died and several were injured in the assault on Camp … [Read more...]

Iranian dissident group is viable opposition: U.S. congressmen

REUTERS PARIS (Reuters) - Four U.S. congressmen met an Iranian dissident leader on Sunday and urged President Barack Obama to treat her group as an alternative to Tehran's government, four months after its removal from a list of terrorist organizations. The bipartisan group pressed Obama to talk to the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) rather than Tehran, after Iran's highest authority rebuffed an offer of talks by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. "The Administration should be talking to members of the Iranian opposition, as our delegation did today, instead of fruitless talks with the Iranian rulers," the delegation from the House Foreign Affairs Committee … [Read more...]