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Ex-Army Brass: US Breaking Promise To Protect Iran Dissidents

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By    |   Monday, 03 Aug 2015 07:21 PM

Two decorated U.S. Army colonels tell Newsmax TV that the United States must uphold its commitments to protect Iranian dissidents no matter what happens with a controversial nuclear arms deal it has hammered out with the Middle East nation.

But Col. Thomas Cantwell and Col. Wesley Martin — both retired — said Monday to John Bachman on "Newsmax Now" that they fear those protections have forgotten.

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Martin, onetime operations chief for detention at Camp Liberty — a former U.S. military installation in Baghdad, Iraq, which now houses members of the exiled People's Mujahedin of Iran — said:

"Unfortunately now, 2,500 people have been consolidated into trailers designed strictly for sleeping and basic lodging and now they're compressed in such a small area.

"They've taken rocket attacks three times from the Iraqi government, which has claimed that, 'Oh well, we didn't know who did it.'

"And now, living under extremely difficult positions, constant food blockades, not being allowed access to medical treatment that they need, it's just a continual story of harassment by the Iraqi government."

Cantwell, the former commander at Liberty, said the United States committed in 2009 to protect the refugees as part of a four-party agreement with the United Nations and the Iraqi government.

"We agreed to repatriate, see that these people were safely repatriated," Cantwell told Bachman.

"We've done virtually nothing but stall on that agreement since we signed it. So in my mind, we have a couple of questions. The first is, are we going to live up to the agreement that we made?

"The second one, more important to me, is are we going to live up to our moral responsibility … We've stood by and watched some 100 of them get slaughtered in the last few years. Are we going to live up to our moral obligation to ensure that these people get moved to safety?"

Congress is in its 60-day review of the Iran deal, which would curb its nuclear arsenal in exchange for billions of dollars held up over the years through crippling economic sanctions.

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