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* Shi'ite militia claims responsibility for attack
* Group says at least two people killed
* Baghdad camp has been target of repeated attacks

As of 10:00 pm Baghdad local time, Bijan Tehrani, and  Mahmoud Bornafar two of martyrs of the missile attack on Camp Liberty were identified.

Mullahs’ regime official news agency (IRNA) reported from Baghdad on Wednesday, December 25, quoting an Iraqi “knowledgeable official” that the body of Niknam (Mohammad Ratebi), one of the seven hostages abducted in Ashraf on September 1, is in Baghdad and in the hands of Government of Iraq and among other victims. The said official described “Niknam” as PMOI strategist.

In her message marking Christmas and the New Year, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi pointed to the Iranian regime’s "stepped-up the arrest and harassment of Iranian Christians," and urged people around the world to pray for those suffering in the region, especially in Syria and in Iraq. She appealed for support for the Iranian people and resistance. 

The majority members of the Italian Parliament have made a bipartisan call to urge the Italian government, the EU, US and UN to do everything in their power to implore the Government of Iraq to release the seven Iranian dissidents taken hostage in Iraq. The dissidents were residing in Camp Ashraf and were abducted during a raid by the Iraqi forces on September 1.  During the raid, 52 refugees, all members of the main Iranian opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were massacred.

Iran News Update (www.irannewsupdate.com) has reported that Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi is in Rome at the invitation of Italian Parliamentarians.

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