March 28, 2017

A White House Protest for Iranians in Iraq

CBS News Iranian-American protestors have set up camp directly in front of the White House. They're urging President Obama to intervene on behalf of an Iranian enclave inside Iraq. They're condemning what they describe as a brutal attack on 3,400 Iranians living in a camp north of Baghdad. They are members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, opposed to the regime there. They accuse Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of sending Iraqi forces into Camp Ashraf at the behest of Iranian leader Ali Khamenei. who wants the Iranian exiles sent back from Iraq. An American military team assisted wounded residents in the camp after the attack, but the protestors demand that … [Read more...]

Iranian Dissidents’ Fate in Iraq Shows Limits of U.S. Sway

THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON — Last September, Gen. David H. Petraeus told reporters in Baghdad that the United States had been assured by the Iraqi government that the 3,400 Iranian dissidents in a camp in eastern Iraq would continue to be protected after the Americans turned over responsibility for the camp to Iraqi forces. Last week’s bloody melee between Iraqi police officers and the residents of the camp has not only raised fresh doubts in Washington about the worth of these assurances, but has also exposed just how little leverage American officials now have in a country they largely controlled for almost six years. It has also forced the Obama administration to confront some … [Read more...]

Medical team visits Iranian exile camp in Iraq

ASSCOIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military says a team of medical professionals is evaluating the wounded at an Iranian exile camp north of Baghdad where two days of clashes with Iraqi police left at least seven dead. The military said Friday in a statement that the medical team evacuated the most seriously wounded to a U.S. military facility for further treatment. The statement did not say how many were wounded. The team arrived at the camp late Thursday after U.S. Embassy officials met with Iraqi officials. The clashes began Tuesday when Iraqi police tried to enter the camp of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran. About 3,500 former Iranian fighters and … [Read more...]

US to investigate Iraqi raid on Iranian camp

The Christian Science Monitor The violent raid on Camp Ashraf Tuesday is seen as an assertion of Iraqi sovereignty – and of Iran's growing influence on its neighbor. Washington - The US is investigating a raid by Iraqi security forces on a camp of thousands of Iranian dissidents in northern Iraq earlier this week that resulted in deaths and injuries. Tuesday's raid on Camp Ashraf – home since the 1980's to more than 3,000 members of the Mujahadeen-e Khalq, or People's Mujahideen of Iran – is seen as a declaration of sovereignty by the Iraqi government in the wake of the recent agreement on US military operations in Iraq. Camp Ashraf was previously guarded by US forces in … [Read more...]

Iraq Mounts Attack on Iranian Dissidents

CBS NEWS No Longer Protected by U.S. Forces, Iranian Camp within Iraqi Borders Brutally Sieged - With Iran's Approval (CBS)  - When the U.S. began turning over security to the Iraqis, it stopped protecting some valuable allies - thousands of Iranian exiles living in Iraq. Left alone, their camp outside Baghdad is now under attack. For two days, Iraqi police have beaten the resident and no food or doctors have been allowed in - all with the approval of Iran's government as CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports. It started peacefully and quickly turned violent, with Iraqi police using wooden sticks against a group of unarmed civilians. The civilians … [Read more...]

Clashes continue at Iranian exile camp in Iraq

DPA Baghdad/Tehran - Clashes continued for the second day on Wednesday between Iraqi security forces and an armed exiled Iranian opposition group, leaving at least eight people killed and 455 injured. Although some Iraqi government officials denied any deaths in the clashes, Abdel-Nasser al-Mahdawi, governor of Iraq's northeastern Diyala province, told reporters earlier on Wednesday that eight members of the People's Mujahidin of Iran (PMOI) organization were killed and at least 425 others were injured. Al-Mahdawi said that 30 members of the Iraqi security forces were injured in the clashes between the group and Iraqi policemen at Camp Ashraf, the group's base in Iraq, and that 80 … [Read more...]

Iraq says 11 dead in Iran camp as Amnesty seeks probe

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BAQUBA, Iraq — Eleven residents of a camp housing Iran's main exiled opposition movement have died since Iraqi forces stormed the site, a local Iraqi security official said on Thursday. The toll was revealed as Amnesty International called for a probe into "apparent excessive use of force" by Iraqi forces when they took over Camp Ashraf, home to 3,500 People's Mujahedeen members and their families. "According to our information seven died on Tuesday and four in the two following days," the source, a senior security official in Diyala province where the camp is situated, told AFP. It is the first time Iraqi security forces have confirmed deaths among the … [Read more...]

Iraqi officer: Raid on Iranian exile camp kills 7

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi raid on an Iranian opposition group's camp north of Baghdad killed seven people, a police officer and members of the exile group said Wednesday as the standoff continued for a second day. However, some Iraqi government officials denied any deaths in the operation in Camp Ashraf and the casualty reports could not immediately be independently verified. The camp housing members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran is located in a dangerous area and Iraqi authorities prevented reporters from gaining access on Wednesday. About 3,500 ex-Iranian fighters and relatives live in the camp, first set up in 1986 when they helped Saddam Hussein … [Read more...]

Eight killed in clashes at Iranian exile camp in Iraq

DPA Baghdad/Tehran, July 29 (DPA) - Eight people have been killed and more than 455 injured in clashes between Iraqi security forces and an armed Iranian rebel group in northwesten Iraq, authorities said Wednesday. Abdel-Nasser al-Mahdawi, Governor of Iraq’s northeastern Diyala province, told reporters that eight members of the People’s Mujahidin of Iran (PMOI) organisation were killed and at least 425 others were injured Tuesday in clashes between the group and Iraqi policemen at Camp Ashraf, the group’s base in Iraq. Al-Mahdawi said that 30 members of the Iraqi security forces were also injured in the clashes, and that 50 more suffered from the effects of tear gas blown back at … [Read more...]

Iraqi forces raid camp of Iranian exiles

ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces raided a camp housing members of an Iranian opposition group north of Baghdad on Tuesday in a move that ran contrary to U.S. wishes and prompted clashes. Residents of Camp Ashraf claimed the Iraqi troops opened fire and beat people with batons, killing four people. The Iraqi government confirmed authorities had moved into the camp but denied violence was used against the exiles. The action sharply escalated tensions that have been on the rise since the U.S. military turned over responsibility for the camp to the Iraqis as part of a security pact on Jan. 1. Iraq's government has stepped up pressure to get the People's Mujahedeen Organization … [Read more...]