Saturday, April 9, 2011

Violence between the army and opponents are three dead in Iraq

The balance of clashes that occurred north of Baghdad, Friday, April 8, is still very uncertain. A military source said three people were killed in clashes between Iraqi Army and the People's Mojahedin, for their part, Iranian dissidents are reported twenty-five deaths, and speak of a real attack against the camp.

On a visit to northern Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was "very concerned" about these clashes, whose circumstances remain unclear. "The clashes started around 4 h 40, when residents of Camp Ashraf have thrown stones at the army had taken position in a cemetery inside the camp," said Capt.

Hassan Al-Tamimi A military official in Diyala province, where the camp. "Three people were killed." But Shahriar Kia, a spokesman for Iranian rebels accused the army of having killed twenty-five inhabitants of the camp and to have injured three hundred and twenty to five others. The Iraqi army immediately banned reporters from approaching the camp or enter the hospital in Baqouba.

In a statement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, including the Mojahedin are the main component, said the army had fired on the inhabitants of the camp, located 80 kilometers north of Baghdad. "Iraqi forces (...) opened fire on residents (the camp) with colts, automatic weapons and machine guns mounted on armored vehicles," it said in a statement.

An earlier statement said that Iraqi forces had entered the camp after removing some sections of his fence. Mr Kia said it had at least one hundred and forty military vehicles, ambulances and fire trucks arrived late Thursday near Ashraf day. "We are very concerned about reports of dead and injured," he told reporters the Pentagon chief, visited the U.S.

base at Camp Marez in northern Iraq. "I urge the Iraqi government to show restraint and to treat the inhabitants of Ashraf in compliance with Iraqi laws and in accordance with its international obligations," he added. The People's Mojahedin Organization (WIPO), whose ideology esoteric mix of the basics of Marxism and elements of Shiite Islam, was born in 1965, with the aim of overthrowing the Shah of Iran.

After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Mujahideen were disarmed and regrouped in Camp Ashraf, which still has about three thousand five hundred "residents".

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