Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Camp Liberty: Neglect of US Principle and Commitments,Iranian dissidents are suffering in Iraq

Camp Liberty: Neglect of US Principle and Commitments 

Ken Blackwell Amb. Ken Blackwell
London, 7 Oct - “If there is one principle that the United States values it is liberty. So when thinking of the US’s relationship with worldwide movements for freedom and democracy, one would expect it to support them as a matter of course,” said Ambassador Ken Blackwell, a former Cincinnati mayor and US ambassador to the UN human rights commission in an article in the Town Hall.

The following is the text of an Op-Ed by Ambassador Blackwell on Neglect of US Principle and Commitments Abroad, published in

For all that the media talks about Iraq, there is too little discussion about the destructive role that Iran's regime plays in keeping its neighbor in crisis, U.S. Colonel Leo McCloskey wrote in Townhall on Tuesday.

"One issue in particular that rarely gets enough attention is Iran’s fanatical hatred and animosity towards its opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which had stationed itself in Iraq after being exiled from Iran in the 1980s," Col. McCloskey wrote.

"These Iranian exiles were confined by the US military in a compound called Camp Ashraf some 100 kilometers north of Baghdad. Living in Iraq for over two decades, they had very close relations with the locals and provided much assistance. However, neither Tehran nor its proxies in Iraq could tolerate their presence. As Commander of the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) responsible for their protection I came to know the citizens of Camp Ashraf very well."
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