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Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by seagull
I got the part about the US citizens being held by Iran.
I was more interested in the Iranians being held by the US, their background and stories etc.
Originally posted by seagull
To the best of my knowledge, the only Iranians that we may, or may not be holding would be enemy combatants captured on, oddly enough, a battlefield, or criminals caught in the process of doing,well...criminal stuff.
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
One of these days he is going to get popped coming out of the UN/US.
A Kurdish official in Iraq has said the three contacted a colleague to say they had entered Iran by mistake on Friday and were surrounded by troops. Iran's state television later said the Americans were arrested after they did not heed warnings from Iranian border guards.
Bauer studied conflict
Bauer graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2007, earning a bachelor's degree with a major in peace and conflict studies and a minor in Arabic. He went to Sudan's Darfur region to research a thesis on the crisis there.
Shourd a former tutor
Shourd is described by those who know her as passionate about teaching, traveling and politics. After receiving a bachelor's degree in English in May 2003, she worked as a tutor with Americorps, a tutoring service in Berkeley and a charter elementary school in Oakland.
"She's a lovely person," said Lisa Miller, director of Classroom Matters in Berkeley, where Shourd tutored mostly middle-school students for about a year. "She's very devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people."
Shourd also worked as a freelance journalist, writing about the Middle East on political and travel Web sites. For a travel site, she wrote a story about Yemen titled "Brave Eyes, Laughing Hearts" about wearing a veil and joining a local family for a Ramadan celebration.
Fattal, who earned his bachelor's degree in environmental economics and policy, is a Pennsylvania native who recently worked and lived at a sustainable living research center in Oregon.
A friend, Emily Busch, 25, of San Francisco said Fattal founded a class in spring 2005 called "Liberation and reality: moving toward a collective autonomy" through UC Berkeley's student-run DeCal program.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by airspoon
I would think that if they were going to send spies into Iran, they would send someone who could blend into the environment, not a group that stands out like a sore thumb.
If these three had been caught dressed in a manner that made them look like they belonged to the area, then I think you would have a point.
Originally posted by airspoon
Furthermore, they don't just let anyone into Iraq.
You distrust the msm, yet to prove your point you use the msm.
So, in retrospect, when you said you distrust the main stream media, what you really meant was: You disagree/distrust only when it doesn't suit your agenda...
I think the Iranians know they are harmless peaceniks, but are holding on to them, because Dick told them to, cause he hates peaceniks and enjoys screwing with the community.
The authorities charged the three with "spying and illegally entering the country," but they said they entered Iran by mistake after getting lost in Iraqi Kurdistan.
"The Islamic republic did this unilateral, humanitarian act. We hope that they appreciate the Islamic republic's deed and do something humanitarian," Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad said he hoped Washington would now release Iranians it is holding.
Iranian media reports have said the United States is holding around a dozen Iranians, some of them detained in other countries at US request.
It is unclear how long the 32-year-old plans to stay in Oman. The Gulf Arab sultanate played a key role in securing her release by acting as intermediary and handling the details of her $500,000 bail.
Press TV, the English-language satellite broadcaster, said Ms. Shourd was freed on $500,000 bail, although her lawyer was later quoted as saying her family could not afford it.
After almost 14 months of mostly solitary confinement in Iran on charges of espionage, Shourd was released Tuesday on $500,000 bail partially because of medical concerns, Iranian officials said. She reportedly is suffering from a serious gynecological condition and found a lump in her breast.