June 26, 2017

Iranian Americans call on U.S. to protect Iranian exiles in Iraq

Iranian Americans call on U.S. to protect Iranian exiles in Iraq
The Washington Post
By Katherine Shaver,
October 22, 2011
Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied outside the White House on Saturday, saying they’re worried that the Obama administration’s newly announced plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end will leave 3,400 Iranian exiles vulnerable in a settlement […]

Chairman Kerry On The Violence At Camp Ashraf In Iraq

SFRC Communications, 202-224-3468
Washington, DC – Last Friday, Iraqi Security Forces forcefully entered Camp Ashraf in Eastern Iraq. Members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK are housed at the camp. Earlier today, United Nations officials confirmed that the incursion by Iraqi Security Forces had resulted in scores of dead and injured MEK members. Senate Foreign Relations […]

Iran’s nuclear program: Is regime change the way to stop it?

While Obama officials tout tougher sanctions to get Iranians to the negotiating table, foreign policy conservatives are looking to revive regime change as the way to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
By Howard LaFranchi,
December 17, 2010
Washington —
US foreign policy conservatives are pressing for a new approach to Iran that ramps up support for the Iranian opposition and […]

Court orders State Department to review ruling on alleged terror group

The Washington Post
By Glenn Kessler

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the State Department to review its designation of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran as a foreign terrorist organization, strongly suggesting the designation should be revoked.
The ruling by the three-judge panel hands yet another foreign-policy hot potato to the Obama administration. The PMOI, also […]

UN human rights office welcomes release of Iranian detainees in Iraq

UN News Center
9 October, 2009
United Nations human rights officials today welcomed the Iraqi Government’s decision to release 36 members of an
Iranian dissident group who had been detained since July when security personnel used force to take control of the camp where they had been staying. Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN […]

Going, Ready or Not

By Mohammed Hussein
New York Times
BAGHDAD– The withdrawal of American forces from Iraqi city centers is a remarkable moment in Iraq’s modern history. The Iraqi government publicly celebrated that event as never before, linking it to the 1920 revolution against British forces in Iraq, and describing it as “the day of victory.”
But Iraqis have their worries: […]

Human bargaining chips in deals with Iran: Bernd Debusman

By Bernd Debusmann
REUTERS – COLUMN
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Seven summers ago, in a crowded conference room of a Washington hotel, an Iranian exile leader gave the first detailed public account of Iran’s until-then secret nuclear projects at the cities of Natanz and Arak. It greatly turned up the volume of a seemingly endless international […]

Iraq Accuses Iranian Exiles of Plotting Attack

By Ernesto Londoño
Washington Post Foreign Service
BAGHDAD, Jan. 20 — The Iraqi government this week accused an Iranian opposition group of planning a suicide attack against Iraqi troops, a possible prelude to decisive government action to close the group’s camp in Iraq and expel its members.
The Mujaheddin-e Khalq, or MEK, on Tuesday denied Iraqi national security […]

US Says Iraq Won’t Force Rebel Group Back to Iran

By David Gollust
Washington
Voice of America
The State Department said Wednesday that Iraq has assured the United States it will not forcibly repatriate members of an Iranian rebel group that has been based in Iraq since the Saddam Hussein era. The status of about 3,500 members of the Iranian exile group, the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, or […]

A Roadmap for the Foreign Terrorist Organizations List

The Washington Institute
Patrick Clawson
Posted: April 25, 2008
Although the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list has a set of criteria for designating groups, there is little clarity in practice about the process for revocation. Even after organizations have renounced terrorism for many years, their designations persist without a clear explanation, and are based on the assumption that historical […]