March 29, 2017

Iran Rebel Deaths Blamed on Iraq

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The U.S. State Department and Iraq's government came under pressure from Congress Saturday over an Iraqi military attack on the camp of a controversial Iranian resistance movement that appears to have killed dozens. The movement, the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, known as the MEK, said Saturday the death toll from the clash had risen to 33, after two of the wounded died. The group said about 325 others had been wounded, 170 by gunshot wounds. Those claims could not been independently verified. The clash prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was visiting Iraq, to call on Baghdad to exercise restraint Friday, but on Saturday Congress was … [Read more...]

UNAMI concerned over reports of violent incidents in Ashraf Camp

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Baghdad, 8 April 2011, The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is concerned over reports of recent violent incidents in Ashraf camp resulting in deaths and injuries. UNAMI reiterates that efforts are needed to stop violence and aim at peacefully resolving all issues. UNAMI calls for restraint and respect for humanitarian and human rights and urges the Iraqi authorities to provide humanitarian assistance in this regard and access to medical services. UNAMI’s mandate includes the promotion of human rights in Iraq, and the Mission’s Human Rights Office regularly assesses the situation in and around the camp. The UN … [Read more...]

Massacre at Camp Ashraf, USCCAR Statement No. 2: At least 20 Residents Killed as Iraqi Forces Launch Deadly Assault on Camp Ashraf

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The assault by 2,500 Iraqi forces against 3,400 unarmed residents of Camp Ashraf that began at 4:45 am local time Friday, April 8, has left at least 20 residents, including four women, killed and dozens wounded. The names of 11 of those killed are as follows: Nasser Sepahpour, Saeed Chavoshi, Mohammad Ghayoumi, Zohair Zakeri, Hanif Kefaie, Akbar Madadzadeh, Qassem Etemadi, Fereidoon Eini, Massoud Hajiloui, Mohammad Yazdandoust and Jafar Bareji. Two of the four murdered female residents were Nastaran Azimi and Fa'ezeh Rajabi In the course of savage assault, that began simultaneous with the visit to Iraq by US Defense … [Read more...]

Scenes of April 2011 Massacre by Iraqi Forces at Camp Ashraf

On April 8, 2011, Iraqi forces backed by tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery launched amassive assault on defenseless and unarmed residents of Camp Ashraf, killing 36 and wounding several hundreds . The April attack, described by the Chairman John Kerry of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as “massacre”, left 36 dead and hundreds wounded.  The US forces refrained from intervening to stop the bloodshed.            … [Read more...]

Gates Urges ‘Restraint’ as Iraqi Forces Allegedly Attack Iranian Dissident Camp BAGHDAD –  Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the Iraqi government on Friday to "show restraint" after security forces stormed an Iranian opposition refugee camp that had long existed under the protection of the U.S. and its coalition partners. "We have been monitoring the situation at Camp Ashraf in Diyala," said Gates after a visit with American troops in Iraq. "We are very concerned with reports of deaths, of injuries resulting from this morning's clash between Iraqi Security Forces and the MEK. I urge the Iraqi government to show restraint and live up to their commitments to treat the residents of Ashraf in accordance with Iraqi law and their international … [Read more...]

US ‘may have broken international law’ over Iraqi attack on Iranian camp

THE GUARDIAN Iraqi forces storm Camp Ashraf, home to 3,500 Iranian exiles, as supporters call on US and UN to intervene Iraqi forces have stormed a camp of Iranian dissidents in north-eastern Iraq amid warnings that the US government may have broken international law by failing to protect the camp. An Iraqi general, Ali Ghaidan, confirmed that an operation took place in the early morning at Camp Ashraf, home to 3,500 Iranian exiles, all members of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) militia. He said no one was killed, but representatives of the group in London said 23 people died including six women. A hospital official in Baquba, capital of the Diyala province, reported three … [Read more...]

Iran exiles in Iraq claim dozens killed in camp attack

CNN International Baghdad (CNN) -- Iraq defends its actions at a refugee camp sheltering Iranian dissidents, saying Friday it imposed "law and order" after members of an exile group there attacked Iraqi security forces. The incident occurred at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province, where the People's Mujahedeen of Iran is based. The PMO, also known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, has opposed the Iranian government for decades. The Iranian exiles in Iraq said that Iraqi security forces invaded their refugee camp and killed at least 31 people. Hundreds more were injured in the assault at Camp Ashraf, the PMO said. But Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said members of the … [Read more...]

Deadly clashes at Iran opposition camp in Iraq

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAQUBA, Iraq — At least three people were killed Friday when Iraqi forces clashed with an Iranian opposition group, a security official said, but the rebels claimed 31 of its members died in a full military assault. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, visiting American troops in northern Iraq, expressed concern at reports of casualties. He urged Iraqi authorities to show restraint. Major Hassan al-Tamimi of the Iraqi army in Baquba, capital of central Diyala province, said the armed forces clashed with stone-throwing crowds at the Camp Ashraf base of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, or PMOI. "The clashes started at around 4:40 am (0140 GMT) as the army was … [Read more...]

Iraqi forces raid camp of Iranian dissidents

THE WASHINGTON POST BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces in trucks and Humvees barreled into a camp of Iranian dissidents early Friday, and U.S. officials squarely blamed the Iraqi government for the deaths that resulted, saying “the crisis and loss of life was initiated by the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi military.” Two widely divergent versions of events were offered. Iraqi officials said no more than three people were killed after residents hurled stones at soldiers. A camp spokesman said 31 people were killed in an unprovoked “bloodbath” that involved soldiers opening fire and crushing people under Humvees. Journalists were not allowed near the camp Friday. The sprawling … [Read more...]

Dean calls on U.S. to protect Iranian group

POLITICO Former Governor and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, as I noted earlier, has emerged abruptly as America's most vocal supporter of the embattled Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK), a controversial Iranian opposition group based in part in Iraq. Dean held a press conference today at the National Press Club to denounce the Iraq Government's violent effort to push more than 3,000 MEK members from one refugee camp to another, something that happened after the camp lost its U.S. military protection and that's seen as a favor by the Iraqis to Iran's government. Dean told me in a telephone interview this afternoon that the U.S. troops should return to the camp. "We’re not looking to have an … [Read more...]