Iraq Army Battalions and Iraqi Police Preparing To Attack Ashraf

Camp Ashraf military occupation – No. 157

At 11 pm last night, a column of Iraqi military vehicles, including at least 30 military vehicles with one column of police vehicles including 10 cars, entered from the main gate of Camp Ashraf (Lion gate) with a lot of noise and lights on, patrolling and conducting exercises around the camp began. The suppressive battalion commander and his deputy were also in this column.

Simultaneously, the mercenaries, who for the past 21 months have been engaged in psychological torture of the residents with 300 loudspeakers, increased their threats, shouts and slurs.

The intention for this suppressive exercise was on one hand preparing to attack Ashraf and on the other, to launch more psychological warfare and intimidation among the residents.

These actions were carried out following yesterday’s trip of Salehi, the foreign minister of religious fascism ruling Iran, to Baghdad, and delivering Khamenei’s instructions to his puppet government in Baghdad to defy international demands for revoking the deadline for closure of Ashraf by year end. Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari at a joint press conference in a disgusting appeasement promised Salehi the Iraqi government would close Camp Ashraf by the end of the year.

At the same time, last night the police chief of Diyala and Diyala operations commander went to Ashraf to oversee this exercise and also to be abreast of the necessary preparations for the November 1st show. As mentioned in NCRI’s statement 156, the mullahs’ regime embassy in Baghdad with the help of the Committee for suppression of Ashraf in the Prime Minister’s office, is supposed to bring a number of Iraqi mercenaries for sit-in in front of Ashraf in order to pretend that local residents are demanding the closure of Camp Ashraf.

The Iranian Resistance warns that the clerical regime and the Government of Iraq are setting the stage for a bloodbath in Ashraf and calls on the U.S., EU, the U.N. and other international parties to prevent a new bloodbath in Ashraf.

It calls for implementation of the directive of the U.N. Secretary General underscored in his July 7 report to the UN Security Council. The UN Secretary General reiterated: “I encourage all stakeholders involved to increase their efforts to explore options and seek a consensual solution,” and “I call upon Member States to help to support and facilitate the implementation of any arrangement that is acceptable to the Government of Iraq and the camp residents.”

Shahriar Kia is a member of the Iranian opposition (PMOI /MEK). He is a human rights activist and political analyst on Iran and the Middle East.