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Posted: 12/12/11 19:24

It was after Iraq's elections in February 2009 when Nouri al- Maliki visited Tehran to thank the head of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, for his supports leading to reinstate al-Maliki in his position as the Prime Minister of Iraq.

As something to give back to appreciate the backing he proposed an 11 point plan to root out the main Iranian opposition MEK from Iraq and close Camp Ashraf. The plan was discussed in the Mullahs' National Security Council and later was reworked into a seven-point plan and then approved as a platform to eliminate Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq.

As an immediate result, the pressure on the besieged refugee camp of Ashraf increased dramatically. Elements from Quds forces, the extra territorial branch of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC, were stationed around the Camp and towers holding more than 300 loudspeakers were raised around the camp. These speakers were used to conduct a psychological torture and warfare by broadcasting threats and vulgar language against the residents round the clock.

The Iraqi forces attacked the camp in July 28, 2009 killing 11 unarmed residents and injured hundreds. By imposing severe military siege around the camp, Iraqi government prevented any medical assistance to reach the injured and increased the pressure by denying the basic needs such as food and fuel to the camp.

In April of 2011 despite Iraq's promise to restrain any violence the Iraq's army launched another attack using armored units and ground troops to kill 36 of residents and injuring more than 500.

Video clips of the attack confirm the barbaric massacre of the camp's residents by Iraqi army showing the troops in Iraqi uniform aiming at unarmed residents and shout them in cold blood. It also shows the U.S. made and supplied Humvees were used to run down residents to death in extreme brutality. 36 of the residents were killed during the attack among them 8 young Iranian Women.

Soon after the April attack, a court in Spain reviewed the attack and indicted Maleki and a few of his military commanders involved in the massacre.

When the April massacre failed to eliminate the camp, Maliki announces a deadline to close the camp by the end of December 2011. He prevented UNHCR to commence the registration process of the residents in Camp Ashraf for refugee status and insisted in displacing the residents to new locations under Iraqi government "protection". Having experience of the past brutal attempts by the government of Iraq to exterminate them, the residents refused the plan as a deception aiming to eliminate the residents in isolation and silence.

The U.S. Government agreed to protect the residents in 2004 when they agreed to turn their weapons in and signed a treaty under Geneva Convention with U.S. forces invading Iraq. Despite the viability of the agreed treaty the US played a passive role to interfere to protect the residents and practically conspired with Maliki forces to eliminate the camp, a policy that many US Luminaries believe is totally controversial and unacceptable.

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In his December 12 interview with the "Wall street Journal ", Maliki emphasized that the closing of Camp Ashraf is a pre-condition to normalize his country's relationship with mullahs' regime in Iran. On the same day, he is meeting with president Obama in Washington D.C.

Clearly, Nouri al-Maliki's hands are tainted with the blood of innocent victims in Camp Ashraf. The question is if President Obama, knowing all the facts about the camp, will keep silent and let Maliki use him to legitimize his crimes against humanity or will he raise his voice to support human rights and ask Maliki to cancel his December 31 deadline.