February 25, 2018

Archives for June 2013

2 killed 70 Injured in June 15 rocket attack

Camp Liberty – home to more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents - was hit by a massive rocket attack today.  The attack on the camp near Baghdad airport in Iraq comes four months after the camp was struck by missiles on February 9.  Some 3,100 members of Iran’s principal opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) have been living at Camp Liberty since January 2012 after they left Camp Ashraf and following US and UN assurances about their safety and security. About one-third of the residents are women and an equal number are former political prisoners in Iran.   … [Read more...]

Mortar attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq kills three

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A mortar attack on an Iranian dissident camp killed three people in Baghdad on Saturday, police sources said, and the Mujahidin-e-Khalq (MEK) group said Iran was probably to blame, with Iraqi complicity. MEK said two of the camp's residents were killed and 40 wounded in the attack. An Iraqi died when a stray mortar round hit a residential complex for Baghdad airport employees nearby. A similar attack on the camp in February killed at least five members of the MEK, which was removed from the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations last year. MEK calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical leaders and fought on Iraq's side during the Iran-Iraq war in … [Read more...]

Rocket attack kills 2 Iranian dissidents, wounds dozens in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Two Iranian dissidents were killed and more than three dozen others wounded when their camp in Iraq was attacked by a barrage of rockets on Saturday. A spokesman for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, also known as Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, blamed the attack on the Iranian regime. “Dozens of 107 mm rockets hit the camp even as Iran conducts its sham election,” Shahriar Kia, an MeK spokesman, said in a phone interview from Camp Liberty, a makeshift camp near Baghdad’s international airport where the Iranian dissidents are housed. Two U.N. officials condemned the attack and called on the Iraqi government to assist and protect the camp residents. U.N. … [Read more...]

Two killed in mortar attack on Iranian dissident camp in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two people were killed in a mortar attack on an Iranian dissident camp in the Iraqi capital on Saturday, police sources said. The Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) group said a further 40 people were wounded in the attack, which follows one in February that killed at least five of its members. MEK, which was removed from the U.S. State Department's official list of terrorist organizations last year, calls for the overthrow of Iran's clerical leaders and fought on Iraq's side during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. It is seeking to recast itself as a mainstream Iranian opposition force but is no longer welcome in Iraq under the Shi'ite-led government that came to power after … [Read more...]

How the U.S. hung a potential Iranian ally out to dry

THE BALTIMORE SUN By Mitchell Reiss America's bungled relationship with the MEK/PMOI has led to missed opportunities and humanitarian catastrophe The plight of the organized resistance to the regime in Iran, particularly the violent persecution of the group known as the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK/PMOI), has been one of the great, untold stories in international politics. It is a story of deadly betrayal, broken promises and political expediency. And that's just on the U.S. side. Over several decades, the group was opposed to the corrupt military dictatorship of the Shah and was instrumental in the revolution that saw the end to monarchy in Iran. It also revealed Iran's 20-year … [Read more...]