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Thursday July 27, 2017

Threatening Iranian Dissidents, MEK in Iraq

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Jean-François Bège
French Parlement Publication – LE COURRIER DU PARLEMENT -  December 2011 (Partial Translation)

Living in Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK, fear an Iraqi military assault. 

The situation of Iranian exiles in Iraq, especially in Camp Ashraf, 80 Kilometers north of Baghdad is still unknown in Europe and France. The 3400 Iranian opposition members of Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK are constantly threatened by the Iraqi Army.  An attack on the camp back in April 2011 cost the lives of 36 residents and tens of injuries. 

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Camp Ashraf - Deadly Countdown to Catastrophe

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Stop Fundamentalism - Only a month remains for the Iranian exile refugees in Camp Ashraf as the Iraqi government continues to threaten the resident that it will close the camp at the end of the year.  Many fear this may be a death call for many of the unarmed residents in the camp.  The Iranian opposition sounds the alarms and calls on Europe to respond quickly in a conference held in Residence Palace in Brussels, Wednesday.

Earlier this year in April, Iraqi forces raided the camp killing at least 34 residents and wounding hundreds some by Iraqis shooting directly at them.

The remaining one month scheduled by Iraqi government to close Camp Ashraf should be considered an alarming issue for European Foreign Ministers to send a strong message to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. 

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High Rep. Catherine Ashton Will Ask EU 27 to Accept Ashraf Residents

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Stop Fundamentalism – High Representative Catherine Ashton is going to ask the 27 member countries of the European Union to take in those residents of Camp Ashraf who have links to them, said an anonymous official to AP Thursday.

This will make a big portion of the total number of residents in the camp.  However the actual number has not been disclosed yet.

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Hungry Denied Iran’s Foreign Minister Fly-Over

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Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, was rejected a fly-Over by Hungarian authorities, said an Iranian foreign ministry source Monday.  He was on his way to Hague to attend an International meeting on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Sunday when Hungarian air authorities forced his plane to return. 

"Hungarian government refused to allow the airplane carrying Ali Akbar Salehi to fly across its space and raised some technical pretexts, whereas the plane had received permission to use air space of different countries, “said a source at Iran’s foreign ministry.

Hungarian officials say the plane had technical issues and did not meet country’s overflight standards.

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Camp Ashraf – A Humanitarian Catastrophe Looming at Iranian Refugee Camp in Iraq

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Stop Fundamentalism – European Conservative MEP, Struan Stevenson, said to AFP today that 180 Members of the European Parliament from different political groups signed a statement calling for the postponement of the declared December 31 deadline by Baghdad to close Camp Ashraf, home of 3400 Iranian refugees.

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in a press conference held in Baghdad today that, “Based on agreements made, members of the MEK will be expelled from Iraq at the end of 2011 and should be transferred to third countries.”  It was unclear whom Iraqi government had made this agreement with.

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