Volume: 1 - Issue:  432
7 September 2013
Iran Update



We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).  You can see ISDCI's latest events on our website at: International Conferences 

US State Department Letter of US Assistant Secretary of State to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi regarding Camp Ashraf and her reply


Dear Madame Rajavi,
I am writing on behalf of Secretary Kerry regarding the current situation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific attack that took place at Camp Ashraf on September 1 and express our...
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We wring our hands over Syria, but not the massacre of 52 Iranians

The Sunday Telegraph

As Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran's Quds force reported in Tehran two days later, in a speech in which he said "we support Syria to the end", the latest Ashraf operation had been a great success. Throughout this awful story neither the British Foreign Office nor the US State Department has raised a cheep of protest at the amply documented part played in it by Mr Kobler... Read On

Church leaders condemn Camp Ashraf violence
Christian Today

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Archbishop of Wales have condemned the reported killing of 52 Iranian dissidents at a camp in Iraq on Sunday. In a statement, Archbishop Barry Morgan expressed his deep concern over the violence. Dr Morgan said, "This is an atrocity which needs to be fully investigated. The unarmed and defenceless residents of this camp are 'Protected Persons' under the 4th Geneva Convention. 

A spokesman for the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: "The Iraqi government has a moral and legal duty to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf. .Read On 

Attacking Syria Is the Best Way to Deal With Iran
New York Times

Like every alliance, its members will only make hard policy choices if the costs of its current policies far outweigh the benefits. U.S. strikes on the Assad regime, if properly calibrated as part of an overall plan to degrade the regime, would force Tehran to become more involved in Syria in order to rescue its stalwart ally. This would be costly for Iran financially, militarily and politically. Those costs would make the Iranian regime and its people reassess aspirations to go nuclear...Read On 

U.S. intercepts Iranian order for attack on U.S. interests in Iraq - report
The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday...Read On 
United States Bears Legal, Moral Responsibility to Act Immediately to Stop Imminent Massacre at Camp Ashraf United States Bears Legal, Moral Responsibility to Act Immediately to Stop Imminent Massacre at Camp Ashraf

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/06/5713866/united-states-bears-legal-moral.html#storylink=cpy
Sacromento Bee

The Iraqi Government has given an ultimatum to the residents of Camp Ashraf until tomorrow. The US government is undoubtedly aware of Iraq's plan for the impending massacre and, therefore, its refusal to act would make it complicit in any further bloodshed. The families of the residents of Camp Ashraf hold the United States Government directly responsible for any harm done to their loved ones...Read On 

US Families of Camp Ashraf Residents Demand US Protection for Their Loved Ones, Not More Hollow Promises
Yahoo News

The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), on behalf of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones in Camp Ashraf in Iraq were executed one-by-one on September 1 by the Iraqi forces acting on orders from the Iranian regime, calls on the US President Barak Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take immediate measures to provide the US-promised protection for our loved ones in camps Ashraf and Liberty..Read On 

Former U.S. Military commanders condemn Camp Ashraf slaughter and blame UN for failing


Three U.S. military commanders who served in Ashraf have paid tribute to the victims of the massacre at Camp Ashraf on September 1 and blamed the United Nations for failing to protect the 52 Iranian dissidents who were killed. Read On

Iraq: the authorities must investigate into 1st September killings at Camp Ashraf
Fidh - International Federation for Human Rights

The primary responsibility for the events that occurred on Sunday lies with the Iraqi authorities. While the circumstances of the attack remain unclear as of today, FIDH firmly hopes that no government orders were issued to attack the camp, and that the government's own investigation into what can only be labelled as 'extra-judicial killings' will lead to the arrest and fair trial of the perpetrators...Read On

Nobel laureate urges UN to protect Iranians in Iraq
Iran Focus

Iranian lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace laureate, spoke about the murder of dozens of residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq on Saturday, August 31, and said that if the Iraqi Prime Minister believes he has no responsibility in this regard, then he should resign. Ebadi also said that the United Nations must immediately arrange the settlement of the remaining Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MEK) members in other countries. "So long as even one MEK member remains in Iraq, the UN must have observers present to watch them," she said...Read On 

US targets 6 individuals, 4 companies for evading Iran oil sanctions
Global Times

The latest action targeted Seyed Seyyedi, an Iranian businessman and the director of Sima General Trading; a network of companies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that Seyyedi controls; and representatives of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO) Sarl based in Britain and Switzerland.
The four companies listed for the latest sanctions include the UAE-based KASB International LLC, Petro Royal FZE and AA Energy FZCO, all controlled by Seyyedi, and Swiss Management Services Sarl, a Swiss company controlled and used by NICO Sarl to continue its operations on behalf of Iran, the Treasury Department said...Read On 

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