Originally published on Ashcam
By Amir Basiri*
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the first deadly attack by Iraqi security forces against Ashraf City, located in Iraq’s Diyala Province and home to thousands of Iranian refugees. Although the raid on the camp was perpetrated by the Iraqi government at the behest of the Iranian regime, the wrong decision and actions – or lack thereof – of the US government played a pivotal role in facilitating the tragedy that occurred five years ago on this day.
Ashraf, which had been inhabited by Iranian dissidents striving for an end to tyranny and suppression in their country, had been a perennial thorn in side of the Iranian regime, and a beacon of hope for millions of Iranian people living under the iron-fisted rule of the mullahs in Tehran. As an Ashrafi, I was proud to be part of a community that symbolised an Iran founded on the principles of freedom, democracy and equality – a nuclear-free Iran that would peacefully coexist with its neighbours in the region and all the nations of the world. Continue reading
On July 28-29, 2009, Iraqi forces stormed Camp Ashraf and murdered eleven defenseless residents while U.S. forces were still present at the camp and only observed the events as they unraveled. During the same attack, Iraqi forces abducted 36 of the residents.
It was only after 72 days of a hunger strike by the hostages, hundreds of Camp Ashraf residents, and Iranians across the world that the Iraqi government was forced to release the hostages, who by then were on the brink of death. Continue reading
NCRI – More than 13,000 Arab lawyers and judges have demanded improved security for the residents of Camp Liberty and a full investigation into the September 1, 2013, massacre at Camp Ashraf.
The joint statement published by Assembly of Independent Jurists For Defense of Human Rights in Iraq also calls on the United nations to deploy troops in Camp Liberty to provide daily protection for Iranian residents of Camp Liberty. Continue reading
Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the mullahs’ regime Security Council and Zohrevand, senior advisor of terrorist operations, in trip to Iraq demanded revocation of security and increasing pressure and suppressive measures for Liberty residents
According to reports received from within Iran, Shamkhani, the clerical regime’s Security Council Secretary and Qassem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Qods Force, and other accompanying Iranian Revolutionary Guards in meetings last week with Maliki and his national security adviser Faleh Fayyaz and other Iraqi political and security officials demanded increased pressure and intensification of suppressive measures against Liberty residents. Continue reading
4 Iraqi merchants turned back from Camp Liberty entrance after several hours delay
In the past months 75 merchants gone to Liberty to buy Ashraf property have been turned back
NCRI – On Wednesday, 23 July 2014, four Iraqi merchants who had referred to Camp Liberty to discuss purchase of residents’ property in Ashraf were not allowed to enter the camp and were turned back by the Iraqi Prime Ministry agents under the command of Ahmed Khozair after they were stalled at Camp Liberty’s entrance checkpoint for several hours in the scorching weather in the month of Ramadan. This is while the specifications of these merchants had been given to Iraqi agents and UNAMI in advance. Thus, in the recent months, at least 75 Iraqi merchants who had gone to Camp Liberty to purchase the property in Ashraf have been turned back. Continue reading
The forces under the command of Iraq’s prime ministry continue to impose anti-human restrictions, carry out repressive and provocative measures, and pave the way for a raid and massacre against the residents.
In a most worrisome act on Thursday, July 17, Iraqi suppressive forces known as SWAT who were wearing masks went on top of the bunkers outside the camp and began reconnaissance of various sections of the camp from behind the T-walls. Continue reading
In a new statement, the NCRI has dispatched new information about the plot by the Iranian regime and its elements in the Iraqi government to take advantage of the unrest in Iraq to plunder the property of Camp Ashraf residents. The statement follows.
NCRI – The systematic plunder of property of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK) in Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi Prime Ministry Committee tasked to suppress the camp residents, Maliki’s national security apparatus, and Commander of Badr Organization (9 Badr Corps). Hadi Ameri that took on a broad dimension last month continues. Continue reading
In a joint statement, over 3,100 Iraqi tribal leaders and sheikhs from across Iraq have called for protection of Iranian opposition members in Camp Liberty located near Baghdad Airport. Also they called for an end to medical blockade imposed on the Iranian political refugees by the Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki.
The Iraqi sheikhs condemned the Iranian regime meddling in their country and called for the clerical regime’s expulsion from Iraq. Continue reading
Originally published on Clarion Project
July 15th, 2014
The sixth and final round of talks between the Iranian regime and P5+1, which started on July 3, is quickly running its course toward its self-imposed July 20 deadline, at which time world powers and the Iranian regime are supposed to reach a final agreement on Iran’s illicit nuclear program and curb the nuclear capabilities of a regime that has already proven to be a regional and global threat without nuclear weapons.
The talks were initially launched with a lot of pomp and ceremony. Accordingly, a lot of optimism was pumped into mainstream media, mainly centered on the positive changes that would supposedly occur now that the Iranian regime’s new president Hassan Rouhani had assumed office, and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was at the helm of Iranian negotiating team. Continue reading
The Iranian regime police lashed a man 70 times in a prison on Sunday in northern city of Babolsar after a court sentenced him to the inhuman punishment for chewing gum in holy month of Ramadan.
The man had told the court that he agreed to pay a fine even though he had not been obliged to fast as he was travelling, but the court rejected his appeal. Continue reading