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Rohrabacher Condemns Deadly Attacks on Iranian Refugee Camps

Jan 7, 2014

WASHINGTON - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, Friday condemned the reported rocket attack Thursday on Camp Liberty, a longtime refuge for Iranian opponents of Iran’s Islamic Republic, and called on the Obama administration to hold Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki accountable for leaving the camp undefended. The attack, launched near Iraq’s Baghdad International Airport, reportedly killed three of the camp’s inhabitants and left scores injured.

“The Maliki government has repeatedly left Camp Liberty vulnerable to attack by terrorists aligned with the mullahs in Tehran,” said Rohrabacher, “and the Obama administration has, by its silence, has signaled to Nouri al-Maliki that no measures need be taken to protect these refugees.”

Occupants of the camp, along with those of Camp Ashraf, also in Iraq, have relied on assurances from both Baghdad and Washington that they will be protected until they’re relocated.  Those assurances have not deterred forces sympathetic to Iran from repeatedly attacking the refugees, apparently with no retaliation from Baghdad.

“The ongoing catastrophe that is our involvement in Iraq, together with the administration’s haste to withdraw,” said Rohrabacher, “does not excuse the U.S. government’s indifference to the displaced people hanging onto life in these camps. President Obama must communicate to Prime Minister Maliki that their safety remains a high priority.”