MEK Claims Quds Force Mastermind of 2007 Karbala Attack Led Assault on Camp Liberty
Abdul Reza Shahlai was the IRGC strategist who led the recent attack on Mujahiden-e Khalq (MEK) members who were kept at the old Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport (BIAP), according to a report by the MEK’s affiliate, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Although the MEK/NCRI report is unconfirmed, Shahlai has been very busy in Iraq and against US interests:
As recounted in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Shahlai was the planner of the January 20, 2007 attack on the Karbala Provincial Coordination Center that led to the deaths of five U.S. soldiers including some shot while still handcuffed.
Shahlai is also the cousin of Manssor Arbabsiar, the Iranian-American who pled guilty to planning the bombing assassination of the Saudi Arabia ambassador to the United States. Shahlai gave Arbabsiar instructions and money in support of the operation and his deputy, fellow Quds Force officer Gholam Shakuri was indicted along with Arbabsiar.
Camp Liberty is one of several camps that were U.S. military installations centered around the Baghdad airport during U.S. military operations in Iraq. It was adjacent to Camp Victory on the east side of the flight line, near the entrance to the Route Irish entrance to BIAP.