By: Keyvan Salami
Following the deadly missile attack on Camp Liberty the damage done by a barrage of 80 heavy Iranian made missiles is estimated to be around 10 million Dollars. The attack which was made on October 29th, left 23 of the residents dead and many others injured, some seriously. The especially reconditioned missiles left craters up to 7 meters in diameters at their impacts.
Target was Camp Liberty, a former US base, now a house for about few thousands dissidents of the Iranian regime. This was the 7th deadly attack on the residents who are mainly members and sympathizes of PMOI, People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran. They say the attacks have been orchestrated by forces loyal to the ousted Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki. Maliki kept his close ties to the regime in Tehran when he was in office and paved the way for the mercenaries of the Ayatollahs to strengthen their foothold in Iraq. Three of the attacks, which took the lives of 100 Mujahedin, were made when the residents were in their former home, Camp Ashraf.
In 2011 United Nations and the US government displaced the residents into their present domicile, Camp Liberty, promising them security and a rapid transfer to other safer countries. Promises turned to be false as US and UN failed to find them a new home. Camp Liberty did not turn to be a Temporarily Transit Location (TTL). Mujahedin are now spending their fourth year in this camp which lacks any proper infrastructure or protective. The four missile attacks, since they moved to Camp Liberty, has made it clear that promises were just to blunt the danger caused by them to Tehran’s Ayatollahs.
The attack on October 29th was the fourth one on its kind on Camp Liberty. The missile attack not only killed and maimed residents but caused massive damages. National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported that 375 trailers, 10 dining halls and 275 air conditioners were destroyed while 226 trailers became totally nonfunctional. The damage caused by the attack is estimated to be around $10 million.
Furthermore a large part of water storages, fuel tankers and swage tankers have been damaged. Electric generators, vehicles, logistic goods, computers and home appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, etc…, are also destroyed. .
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian resistance, condemned the attack. Her words were reflected in a statement released by NCRI, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “The government of Iraq and the United Nations, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and built a Temporary Transit Location (TTL) since 2011, are formally and legally accountable for this attack. In our view, however, as was the case in the six previous bloodbaths in Ashraf and Liberty, the Iranian regime’s agents in the government of Iraq are responsible for this attack and the United States and the United Nations are well aware of this fact.
US Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement also condemning the attack, and urging the Iraqi government to ensure full medical treatment to the injured. ‘We also urge the Government of Iraq to provide additional security for the camp’s residents and to find the perpetrators and hold them accountable for the attack, consistent with its obligations under the December 25, 2011 agreement with the United Nations,’ he added.
Many European and American politicians have already condemned the vicious attack that has caused life and material loss to the residents of Camp Liberty. Criticisms went towards the government of Iraq that is held accountable for the security of Camp Liberty and the first party that should assist the residents restoring their devastated domicile.
Ed Royce, a representative of the American people and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also condemned the attack, saying, “With growing Iranian involvement in Iraq, the security situation around Camp Liberty is increasingly risky. The Iraqi Government made an international commitment to protect the Camp’s residents. The U.S. and international community must demand accountability.”
Most recent statement released by NCRI, on November 1st, elucidates that, so far, nothing has been done by the government of Iraq to help the residents rehabilitate the camp. Nevertheless, the state committee under the control of Falih Fayyaz, a former aid to Nouri Maleki, has intensified the logistics siege of the camp. Sunday, November1st, a truck load of food, purchased by the residents, did not get permission to enter the camp. For three days the committee has impeded the entrance of local swage tankers rented by the residents.
In order to thwart further bloodshed, the residents of camp Liberty called for provisions and assurances for the safety and security of Camp Liberty by the United States and the United Nations.
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