March 28, 2017

U.S. needs to keep promises

THE ROLL CALL By Hugh Shelton and James Conway It’s been two years since U.S. troops left Iraq, having rid the country of Saddam Hussein and ostensibly leaving behind a democracy that would be a model for the region. We say ostensibly because that certainly hasn’t been the case. Our efforts on that front appear to have been in vain. Iraq is a fractured country, victimized by almost daily bombings, its government increasingly aligned with Iran’s despotic regime. Who is most to blame? Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister the United States helped elect — and a man who has done much to dishonor our service to Iraq, standing by as more than 7,000 of his countrymen have been killed this … [Read more...]

Broken promises on Iranian dissidents

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Michael B. Mukasey feels betrayed. The attorney general under President George W. Bush gave his personal assurance to the president of the Iranian resistance that its dissidents would be protected by Iraqi troops, not massacred by Iraqi gunmen. He told a congressional briefing of his anguish over last month’s attack on Camp Ashraf in which gunmen killed 52 Iranian dissidents, many with their hands tied behind their backs. Seven were kidnapped. “So, for God’s sake and their sake, let’s all stand up and do something about it,” he said. Mr. Mukasey, one of many prominent U.S. supporters of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, said he and … [Read more...]

Lawmakers urge the U.S. to save 7 Camp Ashraf hostages

WASHINGTON - PRNewswire - In a Congressional briefing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called on the United States Government to accept a significant number of the residents of Camp Liberty, members of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), as political refugees. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, described what happened on the September 1st massacre at Camp Ashraf as, "Shameful on the part of the Iraqi government that has no shame, but its shameful on the part of the United States as well… It's time that we grant political asylum to all of the people of Camp Liberty, and to end this tragic … [Read more...]

Massacre of 52 Iranians at exile camp in Iraq draws international attention

FOXNEWS Initially, it was a massacre that much of the world greeted with silence. While controversy raged about chemical weapons in Syria, in neighboring Iraq 52 Iranians living in an exile camp were killed.  Relatives of the victims say Iraqi-backed forces committed the Sep.1 slaughter. Iraq denies the allegation. Among the dead was Amir Emadi’s 56 year old father. He says the Iraqis “were there to execute.” Emadi, a U.S. citizen living in San Diego, claims they “were not just there to scare people off. They had targets and they shot every single one of my friends and my father’s friends and my father in the head.” All those targeted were members of an Iranian … [Read more...]

Betrayal at Camp Ashraf

THE WASHINGTON TIMES America broke its promise to protect helpless dissidents While the world awaits a United Nations decision regarding Syria, another humanitarian tragedy has taken place in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf. It was an outright massacre and must not be ignored. On Sept. 1, at least 52 Iranian dissidents, including seven women, were executed — shot in the head and face, several with their hands tied — according to a U.N. statement. This issue doesn’t involve poison gas, but nonetheless constituted brutal, unprovoked killing against defenseless civilians. In both Syria and Iraq, Iran’s fingerprints are clearly visible. While the mullahs decry the use of poison gas, they have done … [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...]

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...]

At least 52 Iranian exiles executed in Iraqi camp, U.N. says

At least 52 members of an Iranian opposition group exiled in Iraq were executed over the weekend, the United Nations said Tuesday, drawing loud condemnations from supporters in Washington, who have called on the United States to find a safe haven for the group’s members. The attack Sunday on a camp north of Baghdad was the latest targeting members of the Mujahideen-e Khalq, a group once aligned with Saddam Hussein, whose members disarmed following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq after getting assurances from the U.S. military that they would be protected. Their fate since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011 has been one of the most dramatic and violent subplots of the post-American … [Read more...]

Maliki’s Massacre of Pro-US Iranian Prisoners

THE HUFFINGTON POST One would have thought that Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki's government had enough on its hands, what with a calamitous escalation of sectarian strife harkening back to the worst days of Iraq's bloody and traumatic post-Saddam days. I was wrong. As international attention has been focused on the Syria crisis, Maliki allegedly ordered elements of his Iraqi militia, along with their Iranian Revolutionary Guard allies from the terrorist Quds force, to undertake an unprovokied mass murder of the remaining inhabitants of Camp Ashraf over the weekend. The 100 persons who were attacked are members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (MEK), were left … [Read more...]

Tehran’s winning streak

THE HILL By Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield As the Middle East teems with masses yearning for relief from authoritarian rule, economic hardship and censored communications, Iran should be a prime candidate for popular unrest. The economy is hurting from sanctions, the people live under harsh restrictions and most Iranians are too young to remember the widespread support Ayatollah Khomeini and the fundamentalist clerics rode to power when the 1979 revolution drove the ailing Shah into exile. Yet the Arab spring has not produced a Persian spring, and in Washington talk of war and regime change have quieted. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his aides must be marveling at their … [Read more...]