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Gen. James Conway - Anniversary of April 8 Massacre at Ashraf

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Published on Apr 8, 2012

Washington, DC, 6 April 2012--On the anniversary of the April 8, 2011 massacre at Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces at the behest of Tehran, several distinguished former US officials took part in a conference at Mayflower hotel to underscore the need to protect and ensure the safety and security of the residents of Camp Ashraf and those who have been relocated to Camp Liberty. The 3,400 residents, 1,200 of whom now residing in a small part of Camp Liberty, are members of the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khlaq (PMOI/MEK). In the April attack, 36 unarmed and defenseless residents, including 8 women, were killed and hundreds wounded by Iraqi forces.
There is widespread bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress and among senior former national security officials for delisting the MEK. The participants at the panel included, HON. ED RENDELL, FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR, DNC CHAIRMAN; HON. MICHAEL MUKASEY, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES; PROF. ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HARVARD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL; HON. JOHN BOLTON, FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS; LOUIS FREEH, FORMER DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION; GEN. JAMES CONWAY, FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS; HON. MARC GINSBERG, FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO MOROCCO; PROF. ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HARVARD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL; HON. STUART HOLLIDAY , FORMER US AMBASSADOR, SPECIAL POLITICAL AFFAIRS; JUDGE EUGENE SULLIVAN, FORMER CHIEF JUDGE OF THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES ; and AMB. MITCHELL REISS, FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT POLICY PLANNING DIRECTOR.

James Conway On June 13, 2006, Gen. James Conway was nominated by President George W. Bush to become the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps the nomination was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2006. He is the first Commandant in nearly 40 years to have not served in the Vietnam War. Among his previous postings were Director of Operations (J-3) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commanding General of 1st Marine Division and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, taking part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and First Battle of Fallujah. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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