They wounded 10 Ashraf residents with sticks, iron bars and rifle butts
On Friday afternoon, October 1, Iraqi forces on the orders of the committee within the Iraqi Prime Minister office responsible for suppression of Ashraf, set up a new post in a hostile move in the northern part of Ashraf with some 20 armed soldiers and have installed a bungalow for this purpose.
When a number of Ashraf residents peacefully approached the Iraqi forces to find out the reason for setting up the new post and occupation of part of the camp, they were attacked with iron bars, sticks, batons and rifle butts. Ten residents, who were beaten and injured, were taken to hospital. The Iraqi forces were under the command of two Iraqi Army officers; Lieutenant-Colonel Nezar, and Lieutenant Heidar.
Iraqi forces heavily damaged the residents’ vehicles and attempted, unsuccessfully, to take four residents hostage. Iraqi forces also cut the fence north of Ashraf to provide support for their forces inside. During the attacks of July 28 and 29, 2009, the Iraqi forces used the same point to carry out their attack on Ashraf residents.
Those residents who were beaten or wounded by the Iraqi forces in this incident intended to file a complaint with the local police authority but the police refused to accept them.
Moreover, on the same day in the morning, two bungalows were installed at the entrance of Ashraf to facilitate the stay of the agents of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), who are engaged in psychological torture of Ashraf residents. This is intended to set up a permanent facility for the agents of MOIS and the terrorist Quds force at the camp entrance. The agents’ eight months campaign at the entry point of Ashraf has been fully supported by the Iraqi forces. They commute with the Iraqi Army vehicles (see photo below).
The hostile measures by the Iraqi committee tasked with the suppression of Ashraf residents are clearly aimed to prepare the grounds for a crisis and to attack the residents, which will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. The Iranian regime is taking advantage of the current situation in Iraq to intensify its pressures to suppress the PMOI members in Ashraf.
The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of the United Nations Secretary General, his special representative for Iraq, the U.S. Embassy and the American forces in Iraq to the repressive measures by the Iraqi forces and government. It also strongly calls for permanent redeployment of the U.S. forces and the UN observer team inside Ashraf to prevent another massacre of the residents.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 2, 2010