INU – A series of new reports obtained from inside the Iranian regime, Iran News Updates indicate that seven Camp Ashraf residents, taken hostage during the September 1, 2013 attack, are being held in Iraq.  

The documents show that the hostages are being held by Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki’s Special Forces.  The six women and one man are being held in safe houses which appear to be the residences of high ranking officials in the Green Zone area of Baghdad.

Reports sent to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) indicate that on numerous occasions MOIS members interrogated the hostages.  Reports from these interrogations have been sent back to Tehran through the Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad.

Also according to the reports, Maliki had initially intended to hand over the hostages to the Iranian regime prior to his visit to the U.S.  However, due to the hunger strike by NCRI members and international attention of the hostages Maliki became uneasy in turning over the hostages.  The report indicates he is waiting for the appropriate time to either eliminate them or hand them over to the Iranian regime.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) continues to emphasize the responsibilities of the U.S. government and the United Nations regarding the safety and security of the hostages who are Protected Persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention.  NCRI calls for immediate action to free the hostages and prevent any further torture or extradition to Iran.