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June 24th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Report: U.S. hikers were in Iraqi territory

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The story alleges witnesses saw the American hikers taken across the border by Iranian police."]

(CNN) – The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts government claims they crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions.

The article written for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

"The witnesses, who followed the Western-looking hikers out of curiosity, say that around 2 p.m. on July 31 (2009), as the hikers descended the mountain, uniformed guards from NAJA, Iran's national police force, waved the hikers toward the Iranian side using 'threatening' and 'menacing' gestures," the article says.

"When their calls were ignored, one officer fired a round into the air. As the hikers continued to hesitate, the guards walked a few yards into Iraqi territory, where they lack jurisdiction, and apprehended them," according to the article. Read more

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  1. Lori

    This is outrageous that these young american hikers have been held this long for nothing, they did nothing wrong. The president of Iran is a real whackjob, what does he hope to gain by doing this??? If this were my child being held over there I would feel totally hopeless and helpless because there is no reasoning with this government. I can only hope that these crazy people who are holding the hikers will become tired of their sick little game and let these kids go.

    June 26, 2010 at 11:52 am |