Arutz Sheva, 19 June 2014
On Saturday, I was informed by one of my contacts at Camp Liberty that AAH forces were amassing just a few miles away. Camp Liberty is the detention centre where 2,900 members of the Iranian Resistance, namely the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) – political refugees who came to Iraq in 1986 – are currently held in conditions described by one former member of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) as being reminiscent of a “concentration camp.”
These dissidents – who wish to create a new Iran founded on the principles of secular democracy and the rule of law, and without ethnic, religious or gender discrimination – have been mercilessly attacked by the Iraqi Government and Iran’s various militia groups time and time again for the past 5 years. In the most brutal attack on this group, on 1 September 2013, the Iraqi Army ruthlessly slaughtered 52 unarmed refugees, and then attempted to blame the deaths on “an oil drum exploding.”
Yet more worrying are the recent accusations made by Iranian officials that members of the Iranian Resistance (who, it should be noted, are wholly secular, liberal, Shiite and, crucially, confined to a detention camp with little communication with the outside world) are linked to ISIS.