"The soldiers were deliberately firing at camp residents, and especially targeting anyone who held a camera."
The residents of Camp Ashraf are refugees protected by the Geneva Convention, and any attack on us is a clear violation of international law. It is obvious that the attack was ordered by the highest levels of Iraqi command. People who say otherwise are simply seeking to shield Iraqi officials from prosecution. Maliki and his top generals should face trial in an international court for the crimes against humanity they committed in Ashraf.
"The Iraqi government is subject to Tehran’s influence on one hand and to Washington’s on the other."
There are two opposite views in Iraq concerning the PMOI. some support their movement and think they should be granted refugee status in Iraq, while others – I would say the majority – are very much against them. This is because in 1991, during the failed revolution against Saddam Hussein [by ‘revolution’, Hussein Ali is referring to the first Gulf War], the Mujahideen fought alongside Saddam’s troops and killed many revolutionaries. As a result, many Shias, Kurds and Turkmenes, traditional Saddam opponents, are deeply resentful of the Mujahideen.