March 29, 2017

A mother’s fight for freedom in Iran

NCRI - Dr. Masumeh Bolurchi vividly remembers that bitter day 24 months ago. She was up early preparing for another day in Paris to mobilize the Iranian expatriate community to rally behind the organized opposition for democratic change when at 6.00am the phone rang and she heard the words that no mother should ever have to hear. Through a somber chord trying to mutter out the words with difficulty, another lady official of the Resistance told her that Masumeh’s only son Rahman, a young and aspiring member of the Resistance working in a refugee camp in Iraq, had been handcuffed and shot in the head, execution-style by Iranian-sponsored militias. For a moment the world stopped for … [Read more...]

Memory of the heroes of Camp Ashraf

By Col. Wesley Martin Two years ago, across thousands of miles, goodbyes had to be said to fifty-two very special friends. Having worked with the residents of Camp Ashraf [members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK)] while serving both as senior operations officer for Task Force 134 (Detention Operations) and later as Base Commander of Camp Ashraf, I was fortunate to work with some of the finest people I have ever known. Two people who will always stand out in my memory are Zohreh Ghaemi and Hossein Madani. Respect for Zohreh’s leadership was reflected by all Americans who admiringly called her Commander Zohreh. Even though she had no authority over the American … [Read more...]

2nd anniversary of massacre of PMOI members in Camp Ashraf

NCRI - Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the Camp Ashraf massacre. Fifty two unarmed and defenseless Iranian dissidents, all members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), were slaughtered and another group of seven, including six women, were abducted by Iraqi forces at the behest of the regime in Iran. Then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki’s military forces had executed many residents with their hands tied behind their backs, execution-style, during the September 1, 2013 massacre. Wounded residents, all of who were ‘protected persons’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention and were “guaranteed” protection by the U.S. … [Read more...]

America’s broken Middle East promise

THE DETROIT NEWS By Mohammad Mohaddes Presently, hundreds of other Camp Liberty residents, including myself, are on a hunger strike, demanding the immediate release of the seven Camp Ashraf hostages in the Iraqi government’s custody, as well as the deployment of a UN Blue Helmet contingent for the protection of the 3,000 residents of Camp Liberty. We are nearing the 60th day of our hunger strike. Hunger strikers have lost an average of 10 kilograms, and every day several of them are taken to the hospital. After such a long period, the health of the hunger strikers is in a critical state, and some of the damages they’ve sustained are irreversible. As all this has been taking … [Read more...]

Senators Send Letter to President Obama on Iraq as PM Maliki Visits DC

PRESS RELEASE FROM SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN Washington, DC – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Carl Levin (D-MI), James Inhofe (R-OK), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today sent the following letter to President Obama about Iraq as Prime Minister Maliki visits Washington. The text of the letter is below. October 29, 2013 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Iraq. As Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visits Washington this week, we urge you to press him to formulate a … [Read more...]

Confront al-Maliki with the massacre of Iranian dissidents

THE HILL By Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, Iraqi gunmen raided a camp in the hinterlands of Iraq where 100 members of an Iranian opposition group lived. Unarmed civilians were running around trying to not get shot while their assailants systematically gunned them down. The attackers were not there to talk. They were there to kill. And they succeeded. By the time the sun came up, the assailants had killed 52 of the unarmed residents and kidnapped seven more. I have seen footage of the attack. This was not only an act of terror; it was a massacre. A United Nations delegation that visited the camp the next day verified that the 52 deceased had … [Read more...]

America abandons its responsibility for Iranian dissidents in Iraq

THE BALTIMORE SUN More than 50 people the U.S. swore to protect were slaughtered last month, almost certainly by Iraqi forces we trained By Thomas Cantwell In 2003, I served as a senior military officer at Camp Ashraf, Iraq. In keeping with my responsibility as an oath-bound Army officer and under the Geneva Convention, I made a solemn promise to the group of 3,000 Iranian dissidents living there. I assumed U.S. Army responsibility for the security of these people, who were living in fear of being hunted by the Iranian regime and its allied Shiia death squads in Iraq. Initially considered "terrorists," the dissidents were detained, disarmed, confined, subjected to military … [Read more...]

Iraqi government and Iranian hostages

THE HILL Unspeakable torture and a high possibility of impending death awaits seven Iranian dissidents who are currently being held illegally by Iraqi forces. And it seems the international community is simply watching and waiting until this becomes a reality. The incarcerated dissidents were residents of Camp Ashraf, a once barren piece of land, which was transformed into a modern community by its exiled Iranian residents who have called it home for nearly a quarter century. The residents of the camp, all members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were originally granted "protected persons status" under the 4th Geneva Convention by both the US and the UN. As … [Read more...]

Use al-Maliki visit to send Iran a clear message

THE HILL By Ivan Sacha Sheehan Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Nov. 1 visit to Washington will say as much about the United States’ Iran policy as it does about future relations with Baghdad. Analysts will be watching closely to see if President Obama leverages his influence over the leader that many are calling a puppet of the Iranian regime. Al-Maliki’s visit comes on the heels of the administration’s repeated olive branches to newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Obama’s naive attempts to re-establish relations with the authoritarian regime’s so-called “moderate” envoy.Rouhani, fresh off a PR offensive designed to shake the sanctions crippling his economy, … [Read more...]

Over 150 Euro MPs call for the release of 7 Iranian hostages abducted by Iraqi Forces

Press release, Strasbourg-Thursday 24 October: Today, MEPs from all political groups in the European Parliament urged the leadership of the EU and the member states to force the Iraqi government to release the 7 hostages, including 6 women, who were abducted by Iraqi government forces on 1 September during the massacre in camp Ashraf. On that day 52 defenceless members of the Iranian opposition PMOI-MEK were executed by Iraqi special forces. The 42 remaining residents, who are eye witnesses to this atrocity, have been transferred to camp Liberty near Baghdad airport, where 3000 Iranian refugees are living under intolerable conditions imposed by the Iraq authorities. On 10 October the … [Read more...]