Monday, August 3, 2009

Three "hikers" held by Iran in accidental border crossing


Iran has arrested three American hikers who apparently wandered across the border from Iraq. An Australian version of the story (Silo Breaker) is here and contains a lot of interesting speculation about the involvement of Switzerland and the Kurdish province.

There are some versions of the story that claim that one or more Americans might be amateur journalists. There is fear that Iran will try them or expect them to prove they are not spies.

A CNN story names the detainees, with link here.

They were identified as Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal. Apparently they had been hiking in eastern Kurdistan, in an area depicted in the film ”Iraq in Fragments”.

Wikipedia attribution link for map of Kurdistan, public domain, from CIA.

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