Iranian Influence in Iraq and the Case of Camp Liberty, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 7, 2015   [open pdf - 652KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 7, 2015 hearing on "Iranian Influence in Iraq and the Case of Camp Liberty" held before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "As my colleagues know, Camp Liberty is the location in Iraq where more than 2,000 Iranian refugees currently live since they were internally relocated from their previous location at Camp Ashraf. The residents of the camp are dissidents who have long since opposed the regime in Tehran, at one time violently so. When U.S. forces entered Iraq in 2003, the residents of what was then Camp Ashraf renounced violence, gave up their weapons, and agreed to come under U.S. military protection as, quote, 'protected persons' under Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions. For several years, the U.S. military provided security for the camp's residents. This responsibility ultimately transferred to the Iraqi government, and things took a turn for the worse, especially in the aftermath of the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. In recent years, the residents of the camp have been the victims of frequent harassment, the decreased quality of life, hindered access to food and medicine, and rocket attacks, and violent raids that have resulted in the deaths of more 100 men, women, and children. Most of these attacks are reportedly the work of radical Iraqi military -- militia groups and agents of the Iranian regime." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James Jones, Joseph I. Lieberman, and Wesley Martin.

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