March 26, 2017

Iraq: Investigate deadly violence at Camp Ashraf

Amnesty International The Iraqi authorities must immediately launch an independent investigation into reports that Iraqi troops killed and injured residents of a camp for Iranian exiles north of Baghdad in an unprovoked attack, Amnesty International said today. "Iraqi troops moved into the camp this morning and used excessive force against residents who tried to resist them, according to the information we have received," said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme. "This is the latest of a series of violent actions that the Iraqi government has taken against the Camp Ashraf residents, whose continuing presence in Iraq they … [Read more...]

Clashes at Iranian Rebel Camp in Iraq

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Iraq's armed forces moved against a camp holding thousands of members of an Iranian resistance movement that's based in Iraq Friday, killing dozens and wounding hundreds, according to a spokesman for the movement. It wasn't immediately possible to verify the claims of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, or MEK, of 31 dead and 300 wounded. Video clips sent out by the MEK's political wing showed armored personnel carriers and military Humvees breaching the perimeter of Camp Ashraf, apparently in the early hours of Friday morning. Five Iraqi soldiers also were reported injured. The apparent attack on the camp coincided with a visit to northern Iraq by … [Read more...]

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...]