After Nouri al-Maliki assumed office as Iraq’s Prime Minister in 2005, and after the U.S. government vested Iraqi forces with the security of Camp Ashraf in 2009, an inhumane medical siege was placed against the residents of the camp. The siege came in tandem with a plethora of other illegal and repressive measures carried out by the Iraqi government and at the behest of the Iranian regime.
Even after the residents were transferred to Camp Liberty, in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport (a forcible relocation that was sanctioned and encouraged by the U.S. and the UN), the government of Iraq continued to impose medical restrictions without relent, an undertaking that has so far caused the death of 21 patients in a most painful manner. The latest instance was Taghi Abassian, a resident who died from intentional delays and obstructions caused in his treatment process by Iraqi forces.
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