March 28, 2017

The friends left in the shadow of war

THE WASHINGTON TIMES America has an obligation to save its friends in Iran By Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge The Iranian regime’s war against the United States — and it is very much a war — has largely been fought by proxies for more than two decades. The U.S. government considers Iran the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism. Beginning just after the Iranian revolution in 1979, the regime began funding and directing terrorist groups such as Hezbollah to attack Americans, our interests and our allies. It has used Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, among other places, as recruitment markets and alternative battlegrounds in an attempt to weaken the United States and … [Read more...]

Time to take the necessary steps to secure the safety of the population of Camp Ashraf/Liberty

THE HILL By Tahar Boumedra This week the UN Security Council session will discuss the possibility of extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). It is expected on this occasion that the head of UNAMI, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Ambassador Martin Kobler will present his periodic and last report on the situation of the residents of Camp Ashraf/Liberty before he leaves Iraq for the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he will lead another UN complex mission. SRSG Kobler made it his priority to assist the Government of Iraq to close down Camp Ashraf where about 3400 Iranian exiles lived for the last 27 years and transfer … [Read more...]

Protective Measures Are Necessary to Ensure the Safety and Security of the Population of Camp Ashraf

THE ROLL CALL By  General Hugh Shelton The United States is again party to a good news–bad news event in the Middle East. For years, freedom-loving people around the world worked together under the courageous leadership of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, using every tool at their disposal, to get the wrongful designation of the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) as a terrorist group removed. Finally, the “good guys” won, empowering the most powerful group outside Iran in favor of disposing of the current Iranian leadership and providing the freedom-loving people of Iran a chance for democracy. Unfortunately, the bad news is that there has been little time to celebrate that … [Read more...]

US must honor its promise to protect Camp Liberty residents, Ex-US Governor demands

NCRI - The United States must honor its promise to protect the residents of Camp Liberty and transfer them out of Iraq to a place of safety, the former US Governor of Pennsylvania has demanded. Ed Rendell - also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee - said when the US handed over protection of Liberty in 2009, 'all hell broke loose'. And he described asking Iraq to investigate rocket attacks against the camp as like 'asking Al Capone to investigate the St Valentine's Massacre'. He told a mass gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris on June 22: "The United States government over a decade ago signed a contract with each and every one of the residents of Ashraf … [Read more...]

How the U.S. hung a potential Iranian ally out to dry

THE BALTIMORE SUN By Mitchell Reiss America's bungled relationship with the MEK/PMOI has led to missed opportunities and humanitarian catastrophe The plight of the organized resistance to the regime in Iran, particularly the violent persecution of the group known as the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK/PMOI), has been one of the great, untold stories in international politics. It is a story of deadly betrayal, broken promises and political expediency. And that's just on the U.S. side. Over several decades, the group was opposed to the corrupt military dictatorship of the Shah and was instrumental in the revolution that saw the end to monarchy in Iran. It also revealed Iran's 20-year … [Read more...]

US and UN have failed to honour promises to Camp Liberty residents, US General says

NCRI - An 'unconscionable humanitarian crisis' is unfolding in Camp Liberty despite American pledges, Iraqi promises and the international community's obligation to protect its vulnerable unarmed residents, US General James Jones has told a conference at the Senate in Washington DC. Every day that passes brought with it the threat of more rocket attacks and more deaths, the General said. He said: "In Iraq, today, 3100 Iranian refugees continue to languish in deplorable conditions. They remain homeless, stripped of their rights, living in confinement under constant threat of attack and murder, and mainly because they hope for a better future for their native country next … [Read more...]

Hutchison, Iranian Texans speak out for a democratic Iran

HOUSTON CHRONICLE Many Texas Iranian Americans and top United States political leaders gathered in Washington on Saturday, at the National Convention of Iranian American Communities, to talk about their efforts to create a democratic Iran. The event changed gears from nuclear non-proliferation and democracy to become an unexpected vigil following news of a horrifying event within the Iranian expatriate community. Early Saturday morning, Camp Hurriya, a former United States military base known as Camp Liberty just outside Baghdad, was attacked by rockets, reportedly killing six or seven and injuring dozens, the BBC reported. The camp held many members of the  Iranian resistance group … [Read more...]

Calls for Iranian exiles to be moved to US after attack

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON (AFP) — Top former American officials on Saturday condemned an attack on a camp of Iranian exiles in Iraq that left five dead, and urged Washington to allow the residents to take refuge in the United States. The National Convention for a Democratic Iran, meeting in Washington, also accused the US administration of reneging on promises to protect members of the People's Muhajedeen of Iran, or Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) living in Camp Liberty. The camp on the western outskirts of Baghdad came under mortar fire early Saturday. It has been home to some 3,000 MEK members since last year, after they moved on Iraq's insistence, from their historic site of the … [Read more...]

U.S. to remove Iran group from terror list, officials say

THE WASHINGTON POST The State Department is preparing to remove the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq from the U.S. government’s terrorist list, siding with advocates who say the controversial organization should be rewarded for renouncing violence and providing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program, senior Obama administration officials said Friday. The decision to begin the process of formally lifting the terrorist label is expected to be conveyed to Congress in documents as early as Friday, according to two senior officials briefed on the matter. The move comes two weeks before a court-ordered deadline and just six days after the dissident group vacated its former enclave in … [Read more...]

Former U.S. Officials Call on Department of State to Delist MEK

StopFundamentalism.COM On August 30, 2012, 17 former U.S. Generals and elected officials of U.S. government issued a joint statement calling on the Department of State to remove the name of the Iranian resistance movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK from its Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. The full text of the statement, as was received by Stop Fundamentalism, is as follows. Washington, DC -- In February of this year, in response to open and repeated skepticism from members of Congress as to why the State Department continues to designate as a Foreign Terrorist Organization a group of Iranian expatriates who fervently oppose the oppressive regime in their native country and who … [Read more...]