February 22, 2018

Archives for September 2013

Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State, UN and UNHCR visit Camp Liberty, talk with PMOI representatives

NCRI - On Monday September 16, Ambassador Brett H. McGurk, Deputy Assistant to U.S. Secretary of State, accompanied by the Acting Special Representative of UN Secretary General and delegations from UN and UNHCR, visited Camp Liberty and the hunger strikers, and held talks with senior representatives of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). They also met with the 42 survivors of the September 1 massacre at Camp Ashraf, as well as the family members of the victims and the seven residents taken hostage. PMOI representatives thanked Ambassador McGurk for his visit and stressed the responsibility of the U.S. government vis-à-vis the safety and security of the residents. … [Read more...]

Camp Ashraf hostages are under interrogation in Maliki’s “Dirty Division’s” solitary confinement

NCRI- According to credible reports from within the clerical regime, the seven Ashraf hostages abducted in Ashraf by Iraqi forces on September 1st are still held in Maliki’s Dirty Division (Golden Division) prison near Baghdad Airport. They are under repeated interrogation and persecution by intelligence officers of this division. To intensify pressures on the hostages, henchmen have separated them from each other and are keeping them in separate cells. The Iraqi government is constantly threatening the hostages that it will extradite them to the religious fascism ruling Iran. Presence of these hostages in this division is being kept top secret and very limited people are informed … [Read more...]

Lawmaker from Humble seeks U.N. action for Iranian exiles

THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE WASHINGTON - Texas GOP Rep. Ted Poe, a frequent critic of the United Nations, prepared a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday asking the international organization to consider deploying blue helmeted U.N. peacekeepers to Iraq to prevent further attacks on Iranian exiles who had been promised protection by the United States. The lawmaker from Humble, a former prosecutor and criminal court judge in Harris County, told the top U.N. official the killing of 52 Iranian dissidents and the kidnapping of seven others in an atta ck on Sept. 1 were carried out by Iraqi forces tied to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "It should be evident to all … [Read more...]

Ex-U.S. officials, family members pay homage to 52 massacred Camp Ashraf resident

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being release by National Council of Resistance of Iran, U.S. Representatives Office (NCRI-US): Former senior U.S. officials and family members of the 52 residents of Camp Ashraf murdered execution-style by the Iraqi SWAT units acting on orders from Tehran on September 1, paid tribute to the fallen heroines and heroes and faulted the United States and the United Nations for failing to live up to their repeated and written guarantees to protect the residents of camps Ashraf and Liberty. Soona Samsami, U.S. Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI); a number of U.S. citizens whose family … [Read more...]

Unleashing the wolves on Iranian exiles in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Amir Emadi feels betrayed by the Obama administration, which he accuses of abandoning his father and thousands of other unarmed Iranian exiles in Iraq. “This is not the America I grew up reading about,” he said at a Washington tribute Saturday to his father and 51 other dissidents killed Sept. 1 by Iraqi gunmen who attacked with impunity, cheered on by Iran’s theocratic regime. Mr. Emadi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, blames President Obama for reneging on U.S. promises to safeguard the dissidents, who surrendered their weapons in 2003. U.S. troops defended the dissidents until 2009, when Mr. Obama turned over responsibility for the disarmed rebels to an Iraqi … [Read more...]

UN Official: Iranian Exiles’ Deaths a Wake-up Call

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD - The killing of dozens of members of an Iranian dissident group that the Iraqi government wants out of the country should be "a wake-up call" to the international community, the acting U.N. envoy to Iraq said Friday as he pressed countries to do more to find them homes abroad. Members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which is strongly opposed to Iran's clerical regime, were welcomed into Iraq by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s during the brutal war with neighboring Iran. Their fortunes turned sharply with the Iraqi dictator's toppling in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Iraq's current Shiite-led Iraqi government, which has strengthened ties with Tehran, … [Read more...]

Trust in Maliki harms U.S. credibility

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL By RAMESH SEPEHRRAD, UPI Outside View Commentator ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- It is hard to characterize the United States' relations with Iraq in recent years. More often than not, Washington hesitates to hold Baghdad accountable for its continued support of the Syrian president and carrying out deadly raids against the Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. Such dithering erodes America's credibility and reputation, especially in the midst of a national debate and international campaign to devise an appropriate response to the crimes against humanity in Syria. Addressing the Syrian situation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry … [Read more...]

Spectator to slaughter in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON TIMES - Embassy Row Former U.S. officials are urging Secretary of State John F. Kerry to listen to his own words about Syria and turn his outrage toward the massacre of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents shot execution-style by Iraqi gunmen in a refugee camp north of Baghdad where the United States had guaranteed their safety. “This week you made an astute observation: ‘This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter.’ Although you were referencing Syria, your observation also applies to what happened last Saturday morning at Camp Ashraf, Iraq,” they wrote in a letter to Mr. Kerry. About 100 dissidents were in Camp Ashraf on Sept. 1, protecting the property of more … [Read more...]

Chairman Menendez Condemns Attacks on Camp Ashraf Residents, Calls on Iraqi Government to Protect Community now in Camp Liberty and Secure Release of Seven Hostages taken after Massacre at Camp Ashraf

PRESS RELEASE September 12, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released this statement condemning the attacks on Camp Ashraf residents, and called on the Iraqi government to protect the community and secure the release of seven hostages taken after the massacre at Camp Ashraf. “I condemn the brutal violence targeting Camp Ashraf residents in the most forceful of terms and personally offer my deepest sympathies to the families of this horrific act of terror. The surviving residents have been moved to Camp Liberty, but serious threats endure for the community and they remain targets of future attacks even as they … [Read more...]

Levin releases letter regarding Camp Ashraf attack

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, September 12, 2013 WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released a letter he sent on Sept. 6 to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the United States to investigate the fatal Sept. 1 attack on residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, and to make efforts to protect the survivors. "While I am relieved that survivors of the Sept. 1 attack have been moved to Camp Hurriyah, I call on the government of Iraq to take measures to ensure their safety and to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice," Levin said. The Sept. 6 letter is the latest in a series Levin has sent to Kerry and his predecessor, former … [Read more...]