March 28, 2017

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...]

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...]

USCCAR Calls on Obama Administration to Hold Iraq Accountable for September 1 Massacre At Camp Ashraf and to Save Seven Abducted Residents

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores the failure by the White House to hold the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki accountable for the September 1 massacre of 52 defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf, members of principal opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The State Department  has maintained that it "has no credible information indicating that the Government of Iraq was or is involved with any activities regarding the abduction or detention" of the seven residents of Camp Ashraf during the massacre. The facts suggest otherwise. Hours after the massacre, CNN quoted "Two officials … [Read more...]

Transcript of Exchange between Senior Senators and State’s Top Official on Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty

Senators Chide State Department Over Camp Ashraf Massacre, Threaten Cuts in Aid to Iraq Over its Role Today, during the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing “Reversing Iran’s Nuclear Program", there was a very important exchange between Committee’s Chair, Senator Menendez and Senator John McCain with the Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in regards to the September 1 massacre at Camp Ashraf and the fate of seven residents abducted by the Iraqi forces. 52 Iranian refugees, members of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were massacred execution-style by the SWAT Special Forces of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.   Here is … [Read more...]

Senators threaten cuts in Iraq aid over attacks on Iranian exiles

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Two senators warned Iraq on Thursday that it could face a sharp cut in aid if it continues to fail to protect unarmed Iranian dissidents after a deadly attack on a refugee camp north of Baghdad last month. Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, told a top State Department official to inform the Iraqi government that Congress is growing impatient with its failure to keep the dissidents of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq safe from assaults. Mr. McCain noted that the United States protected the Iranians, the former armed wing of the Paris-based National Council of … [Read more...]

Message to John Kerry

THE WASHINGTON TIMES From Capitol Hill to Brussels, supporters of the Iranian opposition are urging Secretary of State John F. Kerry to take action against Iraq for the massacre of 52 Iranian exiles by Iraqi gunmen. Thirty-four House members urged Mr. Kerry to cut funds for Iraq until Baghdad takes “clear and verifiable efforts” to protect more than 3,000 dissidents in a refugee camp near the international airport. They called on Mr. Kerry to demand the release of seven hostages taken during a Sept. 1 raid on Camp Ashraf, a smaller camp north of the capital. The House members and other lawmakers noted that most of the victims were shot in the head and many had their hands tied … [Read more...]

UN must send peacekeepers to Camp Liberty, US representatives demand

The United Nations must send Blue Helmet peacekeepers to Iraq to protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty from further deadly attacks, two leading US congressmen have demanded. Congressman Ted Poe and Congresswoman Dana Rohrabacher also called for the UN to secure the immediate release of seven hostages taken captive during the Camp Ashraf massacre in which 52 dissidents were murdered. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, they wrote: "Since the attack it has been reported that the Iraqi military is the entity detaining these kidnapped victims. Furthermore, subsequent video of the attack recently released appears to identify the gunmen as members of the Iraqi … [Read more...]

Congresswoman Chu: US must act to release Ashraf hostages and protect PMOI in Iraq

The United States must do everything in its power to ensure the return of the seven Camp Ashraf hostages, and honor its promise to protect all Iranian dissidents in Iraq, a leading Congresswoman has demanded. In a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Judy Chu described the massacre of 52 Camp Ashraf residents as a 'vicious act of utter disregard for human life'. She wrote: "I am increasingly troubled by the repeated number of attacks against this group, especially when this administration has repeatedly urged the government of Iraq on many occasions to ensure the safety of residents in both Camp Ashraf and their fellow Iranian opposition members in Camp Hurriya (Liberty). It is … [Read more...]