The evening was still warm and the sun, which had shined through the day, was beginning to lose strength. The white trailers in Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq started to cool down. For those who ignore the political pages in a newspaper, I have to add that this camp is “home” to nearly 2,800 Iranian dissidents. We used to live in Camp Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad, but thanks to the “commitments” of the U.S. administration and the U.N., we voluntarily agreed to be relocated by the Iraqi government. I still remember that very day… A slow breeze from the north brought a somewhat cool weather to the dusty camp. I stood beside the football field and was drowned in my own thoughts, until I figured out an unexpected movement of a thin form between two crutches, walking shaky towards myself. I soon realized that he still isn’t able to maintain his balance, which showed the lack of experience working with the crutches. Continue reading →
It is April 2003 and B-52 bombers are flying above our heads in the sky.
We’re in the deserts of Iraq and I am in the ranks of the PMOI, fighting against the Iranian regime for my country’s freedom. The contrail of the jet suggests its altitude must be north of 30,000 feet.
My friends shout, “Get down! Get down!” But I do not react, and my mind automatically takes me 15 years back, before I came to Iraq and joined the PMOI. I went back to the time when after a very hard course of instructions in the U.S. Air force university in the Laughlin and Sheppard and Phoenix Air force bases I graduated as captain pilot of fighter jets. Continue reading →
“The only notion I would let engage my mind is Future.” I read this phrase by Plato when I was a philosophy student in Iran. Those days were the most beautiful days of my life. I loved philosophy and as a poet I was a member of the Isfahan Ethical society. Poetry was a means of running away from the world of stubborn philosophical logics, and philosophy on the other hand was a stronghold against the invasions of the poetical dreams, exactly like fire and ice, both admirable and lovely but opposite to each other.
Those days “Future” did not engage my mind as much as what Plato had said, since I only would think about my own future that was unlikely to have a black spot on it. But when I decided to think of the future of 70 million Iranian citizens instead of my own, to think of the poverty and injustice that the Iranian people suffered I started to fully comprehend the true meaning of Plato’s philosophical phrase and this was how I decided to change the path of my own destiny. Continue reading →
Disturbing images and accounts of the Islamic State’s brutal onslaught in Iraq have become the source of outrage and concern worldwide, and states are frantically searching for a strategy to resolve the crisis caused by the rise of the extremist group.
President Barack Obama, who previously dismissed the group’s advances by comparing it to a JV team, has gone out of his way toauthorize airstrikes against the group in Iraq. He recently affirmedexpanding the offensive to Syria, and is seeking support from Congress and allies in NATO and the Middle-East region to fight the Islamic State. Continue reading →
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 →
Speech by General David Phillips at a conference entitled “Middle East in Crisis: Challenges & opportunities, the Iranian Threat” held in Washington D.C. on August 30, 2014, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the massacre of 52 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on September 1, 2013 by Iraqi forces under the command of Nouri al-Maliki:
I served on active duty in the United States Army for 31 years. The most challenging mission I was ever given in those 31 years—and I’ve served from Oman to Just Cause in Panama, to the Middle East, was what took place right through the gates at Camp Ashraf. Continue reading →
The Iranian regime is definitely the biggest loser of Minister Nouri Al-Maliki withdrawing his candidacy for a third term as Iraq’s Prime Minister. During eight years of divisive and sectarian rule, Maliki had proved himself to be the Iranian regime’s greatest ally in the region, dedicating his power and resources to furthering Iran’s agendas in Iraq and the region.