- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As someone who has family members living in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, I read with great interest Lord Robin Corbett’s article “Group besieged in Iraq” (Opinion, Friday). It was excellent to see The Washington Times highlighting the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Iraq.

The residents of Ashraf City have been there for more than 23 years and are “protected persons” under the Fourth Geneva Convention, as Lord Corbett points out. The actions of the Iraqi authorities in denying the residents of Ashraf basic necessities such as food, water and medicine are a breach of human rights. The U.S. government must intervene by once again making coalition forces responsible for the safety and security of the Ashraf population.

How Iraq deals with Ashraf will be a test of Iran’s influence over Iraq. To guarantee the safety of the Ashraf residents, the United States must intervene - and intervene now.

MOUSSA ZABETI

London

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