February 25, 2018

Europeans Fear ‘Massacre’

 THE WASHINGTON TIMES Struan Stevenson, a leading member of the European Parliament, sounded desperate as he appealed to the Obama administration to prevent a “human catastrophe” among Iranian exiles in Iraq.  “America is leaving behind the biggest mess I’ve ever seen,” he told Embassy Row this week, complaining about President Obama’s decision to pull out U.S. troops by the end of the year. Mr. Stevenson, a frequent visitor toIraq, said the government is weak, sectarian tensions are high and Iran is poised to turn Iraq into a proxy state. However, he is most worried about the fate of 3,400 disarmed Iranian dissidents living in a former military camp about 40 miles north of … [Read more...]

Tehran’s Anti-MeK Propaganda Machine

THE NATIONAL INTEREST If disinformation is defined as deliberate and covert efforts to plant false information to bias media reporting and intelligence collection, the UN’s Durban conferences constitute a prime example. Although organized around an “anti-racist” agenda, they focus on ways to delegitimize Israel and are an icon of intolerance. A participant in the Durban conferences is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Just as it tries to delegitimize Israel, Iran does the same to its opposition while portraying itself as defender of human rights. By releasing American hostages as a “humanitarian” gesture to “improve” the standing of the regime as President Ahmadinejad arrived at the UN, … [Read more...]

MEPs call for a reprieve for refugees in Ashraf

REUTERS Strasbourg, Oct. 26 (Reuters) - The evacuation of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home to some 3,400 Iranian dissidents, should be postponed to avoid a massacre, said Wednesday the president of the Delegation of European Parliament for Relations with Iraq. The Iraqi government, which requested the closure of the camp, located 65 km northeast of Baghdad, by the end of the year, is about to commit a massacre for the sake of Iran, said Struan Stevenson, a British Conservative, during a press conference in Strasbourg. "A battle is preparing around Camp Ashraf to physically remove the occupants," he said, citing an anonymous source within the United Nations. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri … [Read more...]

British MPs demand U.N. protection at Camp Ashraf

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Cross-party Members of Parliament and Peers as well as prominent jurists at a parliamentary meeting Tuesday in London called on the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States to urgently propose a draft text to the U.N. Security Council approve the stationing of blue-helmet U.N. security forces at Camp Ashraf to prevent another major massacre when the U.S. forces leave Iraq at the end of the year. The parliamentarians and jurists demanded that Iraq cancel its end-of-year deadline to forcibly close Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 members of Iran's main opposition group the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran, also known as … [Read more...]

Will the U.S. Troop Withdrawal Leave the Door Wide Open for Iran?

THE HUFFINGTON POST Last week, President Obama announced U.S. plans to remove all troops from Iraq by the end of the year. To no one's surprise, neighboring Iran applauded the decision. As early as 2007, the regime's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had predicted an Iranian power play, saying "Soon, we will see a huge power vacuum in the region. Of course, we are prepared to fill the gap." On October 23, Ahmadinejad laid out Tehran's strategy to CNN: "The government of Iraq, the parliament, we have a very good relationship with all of them... And we have deepened our ties day by day." Clearly, Iran intends to take on the U.S.'s former role in Iraq. And the person deepening those ties … [Read more...]

Opposition group could give Iran trouble

    The foiled plot by agents of the Iranian regime to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has officials in the Obama Administration furiously scratching their heads for an “ appropriate” response. All too often with Iranian provocations, U.S. policy options swing ineffectually between the uncreative (economic sanctions) to the unrealistic (military strikes). One option sure to get the attention of the ruling mullahs in Tehran — and that could help set the stage for a future democratic transition there — is to unleash Iran’s main opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), which remains constrained by an ill-advised U.S. policy. The MeK was put on … [Read more...]

Tehran unveils 7-point pact with Maliki’s government against Camp Ashraf

National Council of Resistance of Iran - Press Release With the announcement of US forces’ withdrawal fromIraq, Tehran unveils 7-point pact with Maliki’s government against Ashraf  NCRI - Two days following the announcement of US forces’ withdrawal from Iraq, the Iranian regime’s Foreign Ministry announced, “In order to determine on the PMOI members, with the agreement of the Iraqi government and Red Cross arrangements were made for a trilateral committee to be established in Iraq … This trilateral committee has been established, but unfortunately the Red Cross did not attend it despite its previous commitment… The Iraqi government has prepared a 10-point draft for the expulsion of the … [Read more...]

Iranian Americans call on U.S. to protect Iranian exiles in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON POST Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied outside the White House on Saturday, saying they’re worried that the Obama administration’s newly announced plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end will leave 3,400 Iranian exiles vulnerable in a settlement outside Baghdad. The protesters also called on the Obama administration to remove Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, the group affiliated with the exiles, from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. The designation, protesters said, gives the Iraqi government an excuse to persecute residents of Camp Ashraf, which has been more like a small city, 40 miles north of Baghdad, since the … [Read more...]

Hundreds Rally For Iranian Opposition

WAMU Radio Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied in front of the White House Saturday demanding the Obama administration do more to help the Iranian resistance movement. The protestors are asking the U.S. government to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) off the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. The group was once allied with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, but MEK officials say they renounced violence a decade ago. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was among the protesters. He says U.S. officials haven't been helping the process. "The State Department has been horribly naïve - not just this administration but the previous administration - thinking that you … [Read more...]

Hundreds rally in support of Iranian opposition

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied outside the White House on Saturday, calling on President Barack Obama to remove an Iranian opposition group once allied with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Former Pennsylvania Govs. Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell were among the speakers urging the U.S. to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq off the State Department's list. Ridge, a Republican, was the nation's first homeland security secretary. Rendell is a top Democrat who helped elect Obama. "The only group that should be on the list is the country of Iran itself, under the rule of the mullahs," Ridge said, noting recent U.S. allegations of a … [Read more...]