Three American hikers held in Iran may have been kidnapped

August 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — It was first reported that the three young American tourists who are now in Iranian custody may have wandered across the Iran border by mistake while hiking in a mountainous area of Kurdistan. A statement from the Kurdish Regional Government after the incident supported the idea that the group had inadvertently crossed the border on July 31. But a new alleged witness has a different ominous spin saying that Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 30, and Joshua Fattal, 27, may have actually been snatched while still in Iraq territory and taken back to Iran as prisoners.

The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports that the leader of a local Kurdish tribe Farhad Lohoni, said his relatives had witnessed a group of men cross the border using a road that leads to a base used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Marivan, Iran.  He noted that in fact the waterfall the hikers were visiting is a three hour hike from the Iranian border, and claimed and that the local Kurdish security service had records of a call suspected to have been made by an Iranian agent to Iran that is said to have tipped off the IRGC to the Americans’ presence in the scenic area.

“This was not a case of the Americans straying into Iran,” he said. “They were targeted and captured by a group that came over from Iran, ignoring Iraq’s sovereignty. We know this and it means that Iran must have wanted to take Americans hostage at this sensitive time.”

With increasing world pressure on Iran’s leaders in the aftermath of its controversial i.e. rigged presidential election in June and the Islamic state’s relentless nuclear ambitions it appears the unfortunate hikers may have been kidnapped as future bargaining chips.


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    it appears the unfortunate hikers may have been kidnapped as future bargaining chips.

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