- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
- HAYDEN: Intelligence, evidence and the case against Russia
- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: ‘Playing defense on the one-yard line’
- Activists vow to occupy fast-food restaurants to get higher pay
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
- Summer camp for 1 percenters: Sushi, limos and shopping at FAO Schwarz
- Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data
- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
Embassy Row: Appeal to Obama regarding Iranian dissidents
Question of the Day
Three dozen former U.S. officials are urging President Obama, who meets Friday with Iraq’s prime minister, to demand that the prime minister release seven kidnapped Iranian dissidents and help relocate thousands of others guaranteed U.S. protection at a refugee camp in Baghdad.
“Only your intervention can save their lives,” they said in a letter to Mr. Obama.
The former officials — who include ex-CIA directors, retired generals and former diplomats — accused Iraqi troops, acting on behalf of Iran, of executing 52 dissidents and kidnapping the seven Iranians in a Sept. 1 attack on Camp Ashraf.
The victims were among about 100 dissidents who remained in that refugee camp north of the Iraqi capital to protect property belonging to about 3,000 others who relocated to Camp Liberty, near Baghdad International Airport.
All carried U.S. identification cards classifying them as “protected persons” under international treaties.
“This was premeditated murder planned at the highest level [of the Iraqi government] and carried out by Iraqi forces and agents, using equipment and training provided by United States forces,” the former U.S. officials said in their letter.
They also expressed fear the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki intends to turn the dissidents over to Iran to face execution.
The dissidents are the formerly armed wing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which has fought for the overthrow of the Iranian theocratic regime for decades.
The armed rebels turned over their weapons to U.S. forces after the ouster of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.
They were under U.S. protection until 2009, when Iraq took over the administration of the refugee camps.
The signers of the letter to Mr. Obama include several prominent Democrats such as former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a former party chairman; and Patrick J. Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island.
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
• Defense Minister Artis Pabriks of Latvia, who briefs the Heritage Foundation on security challenges in the Baltics.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
- Embassy Row: India strikes back over diplomat's arrest
- Embassy Row: India 'shocked,' 'appalled' by consular officer's arrest
- Embassy Row: Wife of Christian held in Iran feels abandoned by Obama
- Wife of jailed U.S. Christian in Iran calls for White House help
- Senate debate: Is Santa Claus an American citizen?
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- PRUDEN: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton's feet
- Let it roll: D.C. Council hits Las Vegas on taxpayer's dime, leaves $14,000 tab
- White House readies for House GOP impeachment push: 'Foolish' to ignore
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq