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Iran Confirms Arrest Of Three Americans

From an elated Reuters:

The Azmar mountains north of the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Sulaimaniyah.

Iran says three U.S. tourists arrested: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had arrested three American tourists near the border with Iraq, the country’s al-Alam television station reported.

A source told the Arabic language state television station that the three had been arrested after entering Iran.

A senior Kurdish security official said earlier on Saturday that three tourists, believed to be American, who disappeared close to northern Iraq’s border with Iran, had entered Iranian territory and been arrested.

The tourists had arrived in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad, from Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region, on Wednesday.

"The Kurdish security authorities are certain that American tourists entered Iran and were arrested there," Qadr Hamajan, a senior security official in Sulaimaniya, told Reuters.

On Thursday, three out of four of the group went on to the Ahmed Awa tourist resort, known for its waterfalls, east of Sulaimaniya near the Iranian border. The fourth member of the group was ill and remained in Sulaimaniya.

One of the group was believed to be an Arabic speaker, and a police colonel said on Friday the group had no bodyguards and no interpreter and were last seen at about 11 p.m. on Thursday at the resort.

There is no clear border marker between Iran and Iraq at Ahmed Awa.

What a great way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Iran Confirms Arrest Of Three Americans”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Please God …. you know I don’t ask you for much lately but if you would………please let this be Code Pink.”
    Thank You sir!!

  2. caligirl9 says:

    Who is dumb enough to “vacation” in that region anyway? You’re just asking for trouble … and in case those dummies didn’t know, the days of “I’m an American, give me a free pass” are long gone.

    Putting yourself in danger like that, well, you are fair game for whatever happens.

  3. catie says:

    I saw on the crawl on Fox news last night that one was listed as a “teacher/activist”, maybe LD’s prayers and mine too will be answered.

  4. Sal says:

    The Iranian hostage crisis was so badly mishandled by President Jimmy Carter that it was one of the factors that led to Reagan’s landslide. Unfortunately, we are stuck with Barry for three more years. What is he going to do, offer concessions in order to get the hostages back?

    • proreason says:

      He’s going to lecture them sternly.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Well, no, he’ll use the Clinton model and have the UN draft a letter strongly denouncing what’s been done. Then they’ll get a stern lecture from TOTUS, and perhaps another one, where he says “I’m really mad now.”
      But really, he’s hoping no one is paying attention to this and that everyone is watching Pelosi-breath. That way TOTUS doesn’t have to say a word.

    • neocon mom says:

      Too bad the mullahs understand the weakness of this man more than most Americans did in November of last year.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    Iraq can’t be that bad a place if tourists go there.

    These tourists have crap in their cranium.

    • beautyofreason says:

      You know what they say about liberals….so open minded their brains fall out. I used to be one in my perilous teens, and that adage is true.

      It’s one thing to be curious about other cultures….it’s quite another to admire dictators or to experience their “unique perspectives” on the world. Some places in the third world and the Middle East truly suck…call me close-minded if you will but the more I learn about the rest of the world the happier I am that I live in the USA!

  6. beautyofreason says:

    “What a great way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis.”

    It’s as if history has come full circle – like that bumper sticker of Obama with the 70’s bubble letters that say “Welcome Back, Carter!”

  7. canary says:

    4 days now, and no comment from Oboozer. Maybe his bender is over and slur uh dah few words out. Obama’s feeling really hurt over Ahmadmans stanind him on his first 4th of July to join for a day of cursing America togetherness.
    Iran is playing hardball for Obama to make-up and visit for a tryst, especially after his beloved pick for VP got the boot.


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