U.S. must uphold promises to Iranian dissidents

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Last month, 24 Iranian dissidents were killed in a rocket attack
This was the seventh time the group had been bombed by Iran or its allies
If the dissidents are wiped out, so is the dream of a democratic Iran

Sen. John McCain’s proposal of providing U.S. air cover for Camp Liberty would be a step in the right direction. T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty
BY GEN. HUGH SHELTON
Special to the Observer
I have long advocated that the United States must uphold its promises to protect the thousands of unarmed Iranian refugees in Iraq as they await final resettlement to third countries through the United Nations. To my regret, warnings of an impending bloodbath perpetrated by Tehran came true last month when 24Iranian dissidents were killed in a horrific rocket attack against their defenseless encampment. Dozens more were wounded.
Over 80 missiles rained into Camp Liberty, where 2,200 members of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) have lived since February 2012, when they agreed to relocate from Camp Ashraf, their home of 25 years, as a good faith gesture to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2003, the group disarmed – just two years after renouncing violence in exchange for U.S. protection. But the U.S. has consistently reneged on its written commitment to these defenseless refugees, even in the wake of repeated attacks.
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To Crush ISIS, Assad Must Go and Iran’s Wings Must Be Clipped

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By Giulio Maria Terzi 11/20/2015

Residents inspect a building, damaged in what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Bosra al-Sham, Syria, on September 18. The West ought to be unequivocally decisive in pressing for the ouster of Assad, the author argues. Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters
Images of people pouring out of a concert hall, many wounded and others lying facedown in a pool of blood. Explosions during a football match and looks of fear, pain and horror.
This is what the world saw in France last week, something it saw less than a year ago and in previous years—acts of violence and the terrible wounds they leave on innocent people.
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The West Must Protect Iranian Dissidents From Attack

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By Steve McCabe 11/19/15

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks after returning from the annual United Nations General Assembly in Tehran on September 29. Western governments need to confront Rouhani over his attacks on Camp Liberty and Iran’s support and encouragement for extremist activity, the author writes.Raheb Homavandi/Reuters
There are not too many issues that attract bipartisan support in Washington, D.C., these days. One exception is a strong cross-party desire to confront Iran’s continuing direct involvement in and sponsorship of extremist violence.
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Iranian regime’s masquerade in Iraqi Parliament against Camp Liberty residents

Hirelings disguised as family members of Camp Liberty residents were taken to Iraqi parliament in ludicrous theatrics organized by Iranian regime’s embassy and Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents

A delegation of European, U.S. and Arab lawyers and parliamentarians ought to visit Camp Liberty

NCRI – In complicity with an infamous agent of the Qods Force, Abbas Albayati affiliated with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad and the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents headed by government’s security advisor Faleh Fayyaz, arranged for a group of regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and Qods Force hirelings disguised as the residents’ families to visit the parliament of Iraq on Tuesday, 24 November 2015, in an obvious attempt to take advantage of meetings with a number of legislators, including Messrs. Hamam Hamoudi and Arshad Salehi. The measure is intended to repeat the regime’s fabrications against Liberty residents and pave the way for future massacres.
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Camp Liberty: New cameras installed for more accurate reconnaissance to inflict more casualties in future attacks

On Thursday, 26 November 2015, agents of the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents headed by Faleh Fayyaz, Iraq’s National Security Advisor, installed new cameras around the place of residence of Liberty residents. The purpose for theses cameras whose output will be passed on to the Iranian regime embassy in Baghdad and the terrorist Qods Force is for more accurate reconnaissance of the camp and the movement of residents in order to inflict more casualties in future missile attacks. After the last deadly attack, the antihuman regime was looking to collect information on the hit locations of the missiles, the names of the wounded, and the destroyed facilities.
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Iraq: Call on Ban ki Moon For Camp Liberty Protection

Allow me to draw your attention to the letter attached below by hundreds of Liberty residents’ families to the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban ki Moon.
H.E. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
The United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Dear Secretary General,
As a group of Camp Liberty residents’ families residing in Europe and the United States, we are gravely concerned about the lives of our children, especially after the rocket attack on October 29 that killed 24 of the residents.
During 2003-2009, when the US forces held the responsibility of security of Camp Ashraf on the ground, many of us had the opportunity to travel to Ashraf and stay there for an unlimited period of time and see our children. But since the time the US government unlawfully turned the security of our children over to the Pro-Iranian regime government of Maliki, despite our repeated application for entry visa to Iraq through various embassies in countries of our residence, Iraq has refused granting permission to enter that country.
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Iran: Last Man Standing

After spending years inside various prisons across Iran due to my opposition against the regime, in 2008 I was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran. Entering ward 209 I saw three middle-aged men with long beards and very wooly hair, with a difficult accent that made it hard to understand what Farsi they were speaking. However, very soon I realized that all three were young men in their 20s and 30s from the province of Sistan & Baluchistan whose locals have suffered much.
The name of one of these young men was Behzad, and he was very quiet and calm. When I first met him he welcomed me very kindly and with his small and not-so sharp scissors he began cutting my hair. On that day I began talking with Behzad, and it was then when I realized that behind this very calm and quiet face there was actually a large wrath waiting to roar. Behzad Narouie was a local of the brave people of Baluchistan in southeastern Iran.
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