March 29, 2017

Iraqi army raids Iranian exile camp; 10 dead

ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq (AP) - Iraq security forces raided the settlement of an Iranian exile group that the Shiite-led government has long tried to oust and at least 10 people were killed in the pre-dawn clashes Friday, officials said. The People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran exiles jeer Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a puppet of Tehran, partly because the Shiite premier has sought to close their camp in Iraq's northeast Diyala province over their ties to former Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.  Tensions boiled over this week when the Iraqi army moved new troops near Camp Ashraf, prompting its residents to pelt soldiers with stones and throw themselves in front … [Read more...]

At least 10 Iranian exiles killed in clashes in Iraq

REUTERS At least 10 Iranian exiles were killed at Camp Ashraf in Iraq on Friday, a hospital source said, after security forces clashed with residents of the Iranian dissident camp north of Baghdad overnight. An Iraqi government spokesman said five members of the Iraqi security forces were wounded in the incident at the camp where he said residents pelted security forces with rocks. Representatives of the camp said 31 residents were killed and 300 wounded in what they called a "criminal attack." "There are 10 bodies of Iranians and 40 people wounded in the hospital, most of them killed or wounded by bullets," a medical source at nearby Baquba hospital said. He requested … [Read more...]

US Must Act immediately to Avert Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe in Camp Ashraf as Iraqi Forces Deploy for an Attack

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Iraqi forces under orders of Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are preparing for an extensive assault on Camp Ashraf that is scheduled for Friday, 4:00 AM local time (Thursday, 9:00 PM EDT), according to Iraqi sources. The plan is to occupy all of Ashraf, similar to the attack that took place in July 28 and 29, 2009, which left 11 dead and 500 wounded. Also, in an ominous sign of Maliki's plan to attack Camp Ashraf, the US Forces Command in Iraq has ordered the US contingent that had gone to Camp Ashraf to monitor the situation to leave, according to reports from Iraq. That unit has now left the camp, thus … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns Iraq’s Military Deployment into Camp Ashraf, Urges US and UN Intervention to Secure Urgent Withdrawal

WASHINGTON  -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the intrusion by columns of Iraqi Humvees and armored vehicles into Camp Ashraf midnight Saturday and the subsequent deployment of BMP armored personnel carriers and Humvees inside the camp. USCCAR calls on the United States, the United Nations Secretary General and his Special Representative to Iraq to immediately intervene to compel the Iraqi forces end this blatant violation of international law as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention and withdraw from Camp Ashraf, which is a civilian and de-militarized area. Acting at the behest of the Iranian regime, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the … [Read more...]

Obama, Iran and a push for policy change

REUTERS NEWS AGENCY Could the administration of President Barack Obama hasten the downfall of Iran’s government by taking an opposition group off the U.S. list of terrorist organizations? To hear a growing roster of influential former government officials tell it, the answer is yes. The opposition group in question is the Mujadeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and the growing list of Washington insiders coming out in its support include two former Central Intelligence Agency chiefs (James Woolsey and Michael Hayden), two chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Peter Pace and Hugh Shelton), former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge and former FBI head Louis … [Read more...]

USCCAR Welcomes U.S. Senate Leaders’ Emphasis on the Need for U.S. and Iraqi Commitment to Protect Camp Ashraf Residents

WASHINGTON  -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) welcomes the remarks by Senate Armed Services Committee Chair and Ranking Member on the need for the U.S. and Iraqi Commitment to protect Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq, home to 3,400 members of Iran’s principal opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). In July 2004, the residents were formally granted "Protected Persons" status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the U.S. policy toward Iraq on February 3, 2011, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), told the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Gen. Lloyd Austin, … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns Execution of PMOI Affiliates in Iran, Calls on Secretary Clinton to Denounce the Executions

PRNewsWire WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) strongly condemns the vengeful execution today of political prisoners Jaafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj-Aqai and calls on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to swiftly and strongly denounce this heinous crime. The Committee also urges Secretary Clinton to promptly remove the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), Iran's principal opposition, from the FTO list.  The unjustified blacklisting of the PMOI has not only been a major impediment to democratic change in Iran but has also been used by the governments of Iran and Iraq to subject our loved ones … [Read more...]

USCCAR Condemns Violent Attack on Camp Ashraf, Urges U.S. Government to Protect the Residents

PRNewsWire WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) condemns in strongest terms the assault on Camp Ashraf, Iraq, earlier today, in which 175 residents, including 83 women, have so far been injured. Camp Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of Iran's principal opposition, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, (PMOI/MEK), who have been all formally granted "Protected Persons" status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The assault today was organized by the Committee for the Closure of Ashraf in the Iraqi Prime Minister's office in coordination with the Iranian embassy in Baghdad. The assailants were bussed from Basra, … [Read more...]

Washington Times, December 1, 2010: US Lawmakers Call on Secretary Clinton to Delist MEK

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Reality Check: Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq

The Huffington Post April 22, 2010 By Ali Safavi, Member of Iran’s Parliament in Exile; President of Near East Policy Research Aside from the clearly false allegations against the MEK, which have been addressed in previous posts, some of the MEK's activities inside Iran prior to 2001 have been cited by the US Department of State and others as providing ostensible justification for the terrorist label against the organization. The MEK's activities have been painted with an unjustified brush of terrorism, thereby conflating instances of otherwise legitimate resistance against a tyrannical system with horrid acts of blind terrorism. Readers are welcomed to comment or ask questions if they … [Read more...]