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Topic - Daniel Fried
Lawmakers have pressed a top State Department official on whether the Obama administration believes that a group of Iranian dissidents in an Iraqi camp has given up their weapons.
The United Nations and the Iraqi government have reached a deal to transfer more than 3,000 Iranian dissidents living in a camp north of Baghdad, potentially averting what international observers have warned would be a massacre.
A senior U.S. official Wednesday warned Iraq against using violence to evict unarmed Iranian dissidents from a camp north of Baghdad by the end of the month, as a top member of Congress accused the State Department of moving at a snail's pace to prevent what he called a possible massacre of the residents of Camp Ashraf.
The Obama administration is defending its process for transferring terrorist suspects from the detention center at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to foreign countries.
"I would characterize conditions there as spartan but livable, and public claims to the contrary did not appear accurate to me," Mr. Fried told reporters on his return to Washington.
Ambassador Daniel Fried, special adviser to the secretary of state on Ashraf, claims that the MEK's demands keep shifting and some are not central to basic human rights.