Part of President Obama’s solution to the Islamic State should be to ‘evict’ the Iranian regime and its militias from Iraq. That would give the new leadership in Baghdad a real and tangible opportunity to form an inclusive government, says General Hugh Shelton, former U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In an article published in Boston Globe, General Shelton said: “In fact, the litmus test for Iraq’s new leaders is their ability to distance themselves from the regime in Tehran and treat the Iranian dissidents in Iraq humanely. Failure to do so would have long-term consequences that would prove to be much more catastrophic.” Continue reading
In a statement released on September 8, 2014, the International Federation of Blue Cross & Blue Crescent Societies, which is constituted of 31 associations, NGOs & parties from across the world, urged the UN & U.S. to provide safety and security by Camp Liberty residents and act immediately to end inhumane siege against the camp imposed by the government of Iraq.
the statement follows:
PRESS RELEASE – 8 SEPTEMBER 2014
Call by 31 Associations, NGOs and Parties from 5 continents to United Nations and the United States to provide safety and security of Camp Liberty residents, and their prompt intervention to revoke the inhumane siege enforced on this Camp
Government of Iraq has imposed a complete blockade on Camp Liberty since 23 days ago
Following the siege imposed on Camp Liberty, situated near Baghdad’s International Airport, by the Government of Iraq, 31 Non-Governmental Organizations and parties have addressed UN Secretary General and US administration by sending them letters and statements in which they have demanded the Government of Iraq to put an end to the brutal blockade imposed on Iranian dissidents residing at Camp Liberty. Continue reading
Originally published on Clarion Project
In an unprecedented move, U.S. President Barack Obama chose in previous weeks to help the Yazidi and Turkmen communities in northern Iraq, who were besieged by the Islamic State (IS). The measures undertaken included humanitarian-aid drops as well as military support aimed at protecting the beleaguered communities and providing them with life-saving assistance. Following the U.S. intervention, other countries, including Britain, France and Germany contributed to the effort.
The decision, which some refer to a turning point in Obama’s foreign policy, is a testament to the fact that the international community can and must do more to prevent humanitarian crises across the globe.
In contrast, there are glaring instances of other catastrophes that could have been prevented with much less effort, but were abandoned and allowed to develop at the cost of many innocent lives. Continue reading
It has been 28 days that the Iraqi forces have intensified the inhumane siege on Camp Liberty at the behest of the Iranian regime. On Monday September 8, the Iraqi forces once again prevented the fuel tanker from entering the camp and forcibly returned it to the airport area from the camp entrance.
Thus, in the past five weeks only four fuel tankers have entered the camp, that provide less than 10 percent of the minimum needed fuel for the camp. This is while Liberty is not connected to the power grid and the entire infrastructure and vital installations rely on electricity generated by the generators. Continue reading
The United Nations must hold the government of Iraq responsible for the blockade of vital supplies into Camp Liberty, and protect the residents until they can be moved to safety, former UN Secretary General Special Representative for Iraq has demanded.
Adrianus Melkert also told a conference in Paris on September 1 that the EU and US must urgently break the deadlock that is holding Camp Liberty Iranian residents ‘hostage’ at the camp near Baghdad airport.
Mr. Melkert was speaking on the first anniversary of the massacre of 52 Iranian dissidents incamp Ashraf on September 1, 2013 when Iraqi forces of Nouri al-Maliki attacked some 100 defenceless residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq and killed 52 members of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and abducted 7 others including 6 women. Continue reading
On Friday, September 5, on the 25th day of the intensification of the anti-human siege on Camp Liberty, the Iraqi forces under Maliki’s command once again obstructed entry of a fuel tanker to Camp Liberty and returned it to the entrance of airport area.
This is while the Iraqi government blocks connection of Camp Liberty electricity to the national grid although all camp’s infrastructures, public services, and cooling systems are dependent on power generated by camp’s electric generators. In the past 25 days, just four fuel tankers have been allowed into the camp which is less than 10% of the necessary fuel. Continue reading
Today is the 18th day that the Iraq government has blocked food, fuel and water to some 3,000 residents are of Camp Liberty in Iraq, reports Eric Shawn of Fox News, quoting the Iranian Resistance.
“They accuse Tehran of using the chaos in the Middle East to squeeze in to try to kill its critics by starving them to death.”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on US and the United Nations to intervene before it is too late. Continue reading