Iran-made Rockets Obliterate US Camp Liberty In Baghdad
A barrage of more than 80 Iran-made rockets wiped out a former U.S. air base in Iraq that was transformed in a refugee camp known today as the Camp Liberty. The camp served as a safe hideout for those exiled from Iran in 2011.Advertisement
Many of those are members of the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran or MEK, a formerly Iranian opposition movement that in 2003 signed a cease-fire agreement of mutual understanding and coordination with U.S.
According to MEK a total of 80 Katyusha and Falagh missiles were used in the attack. The missiles resulted to craters as big as 2 meters deep and 3.5 meters wide. Twenty-three of the camp’s residents were killed and 12 were wounded. An unnamed source who has spoken with the Express UK said “pro-Iranian militia groups backed by Iranian regime” were responsible for the attack. The source added that the Iraqi army conspired to make the attack possible because the camp was supposedly well guarded by government troops.
MEK was formerly listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, Canada and the United States. The group was removed from the list in 2009 first by the EU and then by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canada in 2012.
In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry condemns the attack as senseless terrorist attack. “Our condolences go out to the families of the victims, and we hope for the swift recovery of those injured. We are consulting with the Government of Iraq to ascertain the full extent of this unprovoked attack,” Kerry said.