Stop Fundamentalism, 19 April, 2011, Paris- According to documents, commander of the Iraqi Army’s 5th Division issued a classified order on April 8th describing Ashraf residents as the enemy, assigning five battalions of his division to use force in occupying various sections of Ashraf and destroying any kind of resistance.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, in a press conference held in Paris today, told reporters that the 8 April attack on Camp Ashraf which left 34 dead and over 350 injured was ordered directly by Nuri al-Maliki and a division of the Iraqi army and the Iranian Quds forces took direct role in planning the attack.
The speaker for NCRI told reporters that the attack was planned well in advance at the highest levels and as a complete military operation in order to destroy Camp Ashraf and massacre the residents.
“The operational plan has been in the making by the Iraqi government with direct supervision of the Iranian regime since three months ago.” Said NCRI spokesman Mehdi Abrishamchi.
Abrishamchi held a document in his hand saying it was a copy of a secret paper from Iraqi army stating that “Ashraf has to be occupied by force,” referring to the unarmed residents of the camp as “enemy.”
Iraqi army in a written agreement with the United States accepted protection of the residents of Camp Ashraf as “Protected Persons” under Fourth Geneva Conventions. The Iraqi army in the agreement guaranteed to observe the rights of Ashraf residents in adherence to international laws.
“Obviously,” said Abrishamchi, “the only party that considers the Ashraf resident enemy is the clerical regime in Iran.”
The attack of 8 April, on Camp Ashraf, was immediately condemned by many in the international scene. The attack was perceived as a massacre by the government of Nuri al-Maliki.