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“The bitter taste of betrayal” – a personal account of the 2009 Ashraf City massacre

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

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Five years after massacre at Camp Ashraf on July 28-29, 2009

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

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Arab lawyers demand protection for Liberty and Ashraf massacre probe

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

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Iranian regime officials ask Iraq to intensify suppression of Camp Liberty residents

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

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Iraqi forces send away more buyers of Camp Ashraf property

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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

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Urgent: Iraqi government intensifies provocative measures to massacre Camp Liberty Iranians

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

NCRI: Maliki, Badr Organization agents continue to plunder PMOI (MEK) property in Camp Ashraf, Iraq

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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

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Iraq: 3,100 tribal leaders call for protection of Iranians in Camp Liberty

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

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NCRI-FAC: Iran’s disinformation campaign against Camp Liberty

In a statement, the National Council of Resistance’s Foreign Affairs Committee (NCRI-FAC) revealed new information about efforts led by the Iranian regime to disseminate false information about alleged cooperation between ISIS and the PMOI/MEK in order to set the stage for another massacre in Camp Liberty, where nearly 3,000 PMOI members reside. The statement follows:

Preparation of the ground for massacre of Liberty residents

The Iranian clerical regime’s campaign to spread false information about the cooperation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) with ISIS, which started since the early days of the recent Iraq crisis, continues. The goal is clearly preparing the ground for a large scale massacre of Iranian refugees, members of PMOI, in Camp Liberty. The Iranian resistance has warned about it in past few weeks in various letters and statements (including July 5 and 7 statements).

The stance of the PMOI, the NCRI and Liberty residents against terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism has been very clear in the past three decades. They never had any relationship with groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and have repeatedly condemned crimes of these terrorist groups. By launching a fear campaign, the mullahs attempt to label any opposition to the growing meddling of the clerical regime in Iraq and the recognition of the rights of the oppressed people of Iraq as supporting ISIS. Under the cover of fighting against ISIS, the mullahs try to justify and legitimatize their meddling in Iraq. It is no coincidence that after the large gathering of the Iranian resistance on June 27 in Paris and the strong positions of the most prominent American, European, and Arab dignitaries against Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq, the mullahs have intensified their disinformation campaign including by using non-Iranian agents.

Official website of state TV and radio known as news network (Shabakeh Khabar), in a news story titled “Behind the alliance of hypocrites (PMOI) and ISIS” quoted a well-known French agent of the regime, Thierry Mayssan, as saying “PMOI elements have been fighting since three months ago alongside ISIS group in Syria and Iraq, and the French government dispatches French officers to train PMOI terrorist group and ISIS in Syria and Iraq…The French secret service along with CIA and Mossad intend to spread insecurity within the Iranian borders using PMOI and Takfiris”.

Thierry Maysan, whom the clerical regime calls a French specialist regularly travels to Iran and previously claimed the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States have been organized by the US intelligence services. In his December 2012 meeting with Habilian Association, a branch of the MOIS, in a ridiculous lie he claimed that Francois Mitterrand’s wife ordered the sale of blood contaminated with the AIDS virus to the PMOI to be injected to its members to annihilate them!
In late June, the mullahs’ media widely quoted “Iraqi intelligence sources” as saying, “120 members of the PMOI along with ISIS and the remnants of Saddam’s regime are fighting in Mosul … They have entered Mosul from France and several western countries”. Abbas al-Bayati, a Member of Iraqi Parliament close to Maliki repeated these lies on July 1st and said: “The Iraqi government will give them a decisive response.” On July 5 Awad Al-Awady, another agent of the mullahs in Iraq’s parliament said “PMOI’s joining with ISIS is a threat to the security of Iraq,” and “the Iraqi government has the right to issue an international arrest warrant through Interpol against PMOI’s leadership”. On July 6 the Iraqi newspaper Al-Aalam, affiliated to Maliki, wrote: “PMOI members have been fighting alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq since three months ago.”

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran with regards to this evil campaign draws the public attention to the following points:

1 – As mentioned above, the PMOI, the NCRI and Camp Liberty residents has never had any relation with ISIS. The Iranian resistance has never interfered in the internal affairs of Iraq and believes that the Iraqi people should decide about their future. Thus, the Iranian Resistance has always opposed meddling of the Iranian regime in Iraq, and it has constantly exposed the regime destructive meddling in Iraq. The Iranian resistance distinguishes between the legitimate aspirations of the Iraqi people who are oppressed, and an extremist group that takes advantage of this situation.

2 – Remarks by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, in the huge gathering of Iranians in Paris on June 27 in the presence of 600 parliamentarians and prominent political figures, especially former U.S. senior officials leaves no ambiguity. She said: “The Iranian regime made vain attempts to confront the Iraqi people’s uprising by characterizing the rebellion of millions of Iraqis as terrorism and actions of extremist groups. This was while tribal leaders and the people of Iraq have for weeks repeatedly condemned any form of extremism and terrorism as well as any assault and aggression against civilians. They have underscored that they themselves had been at war with terrorism and Al-Qaeda in Iraq previously and are prepared to do so again. But, one cannot ignore the terrorism by the Maliki government and the Iranian regime, which is the root cause of this situation. She added, ” there is widespread consensus internationally that the current state of affairs in Iraq emanates from Maliki’s authoritarian and suppressive policies.

Therefore, there is only one solution, and that is to oust Maliki, to evict the Iranian regime from Iraq and to establish a democratic and inclusive government instead.

3 – For the PMOI, itself Shiite, stories such as Islamic caliphate and crimes such as blowing up Shiites’ and other religions’ worship places are not only inhumane, but serves the aims of the mullahs’ regime and fuels the Sunni-Shiite conflict. President of Al-Arabiya television network on July 6 wrote: “In our opinion, both in Syria and in Iraq, the Iran’s ruling Mullahs regime is a purported enemy but secret ally of ISIS. Everyone knows that Al Qaeda and ISIS, despite their largely anti-Shiite culture never targeted the interests of the clerical regime anywhere.”

4. The aforementioned fabrications are part and parcel of mullahs’ conspiracy to annihilate Camp Liberty residents. On June 26, Maliki sent a delegation to Tehran to request military assistance and support for his third term as prime minister. In return, the Iranian regime’s officials demanded the ratcheting up of suppression against Camp Liberty. Three officers who participated in the Ashraf massacres in the years of 2009, 2011 and 2013, along with agents of the Iraqi intelligence, were stationed at a place in proximity to Camp Liberty. A number of agents of the terrorist Quds Force who cannot speak Arabic are present at this center with them. Recently, the Iraqi forces and the Iranian regime’s agents have set up check points at 14 points around Camp Liberty and the machine-guns in these stations aim at the residents inside the camp.

5. The demonizing campaign of mullahs against the Iranian Resistance is nothing new. On June 14, 2014, Fars, the IRGC news agency, wrote on the Iraq crisis that one should not “forget the potency and effectiveness of psychological operation; a tactic that the Syrian regime has also attained good results from”. During this period, as has always been the case with the regime of Iran, this regime has attempted to portray to U.S., UN and European countries through the Iraqi government and other “intermediaries” that PMOI supports ISIS and has connections with it. Similarly a decade ago, in order to keep the PMOI on the terrorist list, the clerical regime claimed that Ashraf residents send women for suicide operations to Karbala and are planning to blow up U.S. facilities in the Green Zone. These nonsense have been proven void of any truth in the United States court. In 2003 and prior, the Iranian regime alleged that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction are hidden in PMOI bases. previously, the killing of Christian pastors in 1994, blowing up the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad in the same year, the massacre in Mecca and setting Kabeh on fire in July 1987, as well as hundreds of other crimes, all committed by the Iranian intelligence and the IRGC, were blamed on the PMOI.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran once again warns of the ominous plots by the mullahs’ regime to carry out another bloodbath in Camp Liberty. Given the repeated and written commitments of the United States and the United Nations concerning the safety and security of Camp Liberty residents, calls for urgent action for protection of Camp Liberty.

Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 13, 2014

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US broken promises over Camp Liberty put its credibility ‘at risk’, Obama told

America’s failure to keep its promise to protect Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty is putting its credibility in the world at risk, top foreign policy and military leaders have told President Barack Obama.

In a letter to The White House, the US dignitaries reminded Mr Obama that America had pledged to protect the Iranian MEK members if they surrendered their weapons and renounced violence. Continue reading