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Iraq: Police Raid at Camp Ashraf/Clashes with MEK Members


Background - Camp Ashraf, July 28th, 2009


“Acting without informing the U.S., Iraqi troops on Tuesday, July 28, seized control of a camp of Iranian exiles ferociously opposed to the regime in Tehran. It was the most significant operation undertaken by Baghdad since U.S. troops withdrew from the cities last month and is most likely a nod to Iran’s ayatullahs, who brand the group as terrorists, as does the U.S. Yet in the convoluted politics of the region, the U.S., […] had been a sort of guarantor of the safety of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) because it was the enemy of its enemy Iran. […] Iraqi security forces wrenched control of the MEK base at Camp Ashraf from its leaders after they denied an Iraqi request to establish a police station inside the camp. […]”

Excerpt of a Times magazine article from July 29th, 2009.

Iraqi police fight with MEK


The Video



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Images from the raid

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Scene 2

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Video & Photo Credits


The Video


1) The video was shot by members of the Iranian Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) during the raid of Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi police on July 28th, 2009. It was later widely distributed over the Internet.




1) Residents clash with Iraqi forces in Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad. Iraqi forces took control of an Iranian exile camp north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the government said, in a move camp residents said triggered clashes killing four of the dissidents Iraq hopes to expel. - July 29th, 2009 - Handout of the National Council of Resistance of Iran/Reuters;


Images from the raid


1) In this image provided by the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, Iraqi security forces surround the People’s Mujahedeen Organization camp after Iraqi police clashed with protesters at the opposition group's camp northeast of Baghdad. - July 28th, 2009 - Handout from the People’s Mujahedeen Organization/Associated Press;

2) This picture made available by the People’s Mujahedeen allegedly shows Iraqi police outside Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad. Clashes flared for a second day between Iraqi security forces and residents of a camp housing Iran's main exiled opposition, a day after violence left two policemen dead. - July 29th, 2009 - Handout from the People’s Mujahedeen Organization/Agence France Presse;

3) Iraqi police vehicles block one of the entrances leading to Camp Ashraf, home to the People's Mujahedeen, Iran’s main exiled opposition, in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. Eleven residents of a camp housing Iran’s main exiled opposition movement have died since Iraqi forces stormed the site, a local security official said on Thursday. - July 29th, 2009 - Ahmad al-Rubaye/Agence France Presse;


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