Taghi Abbasian gave his life to end the suffering of others

The following was written for ASHCAM by Habib Baradaran, a former Ashraf City resident who now lives in Camp Liberty.

I still hadn’t broken my fast when I heard the news of the death of my dear friend Taghi Abbasian in Camp Liberty. I’ll never forget that day. It was 18 September 2014, a grim day if ever there was one. I rushed to the camp’s clinic, my breakfast forgotten.

Camp Liberty, in the proximity of Baghdad’s International Airport, is where 2,800-odd Iranian refugees are living under prison-like conditions imposed by Iraqi forces loyal to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Iranian regime.

It was in the clinic’s injection room that I found him, laid on a bed and shrouded with a light-blue bed sheet. I still couldn’t believe he had passed away. Gently, I pushed aside the cover and gazed upon his face.

Posted: December 16, 2014. Category: Featured, Voices of Ashraf.
Refugees In Danger: Iranian Military Agents Infiltrate Iraqi Government

Washington Free Beacon, 17 September 2014

The newly appointed Iraqi ministers of communications and municipalities are both said to be active and paid members of Iran’s Quds Force, a paramilitary group implicated in terrorist activities throughout the region, according to information provided by the Ashraf Campaign (ASHCAM), which advocates for Iranian refugees.

ASHCAM felt it necessary to release the sensitive information to help preempt any attempts by the new Iraqi government to harm Iranian refugees and opposition members currently living in exile in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf, a refugee camp subject in the past to violent massacres.

“Given the regime’s cowardly predilection for acting against these refugees through its Iraqi proxy militias and agents of influence in Baghdad, we felt it appropriate to release this information at this time,” Jacob Campbell, ASHCAM’s co-chairman, said in a statement.

Posted: September 18, 2014. Category: ASHCAM in the Media, Iranian Regime, Iraqi Government, News.
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