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September 15th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Hiker's mom: 'Its our turn to have our kids back with us'

(CNN) – The mothers of two U.S. men still being held in Iran told CNN they are hopeful their sons will soon be able to join recently released detainee Sarah Shourd and enjoy their freedom too.

"What we really want of course is there release," Laura Fattal said on CNN's American Morning. "We're so happy Sarah's home – but its our turn to have our kids back with us."

Laura Fattal appeared with Cindy Hicky on Wednesday's American Morning to appeal to Iran to release their two sons who have been detained for more than a year. They spoke out a day after Sarah Shourd was released from Iran and reunited with her mother in Muscat, Oman after Iranian authorities released her from a Tehran prison where she had been held for 14 months.

The three Americans were detained after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Iran accused the three of spying, a charge the United States and the hikers have denied.

Shourd, 32, left behind fellow Americans Shane Bauer, 28, who is her fiance, and their friend, Josh Fattal, 28.

Laura Fattal made a plea to Iran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad toelease the two men to end a situation that she says should have been avoided from the beginning

"Iran knows they have three innocent hikers, one of which they released," Fattal told CNN.

Related: Released American hiker arrives in Oman

Filed under: Iran
August 24th, 2010
06:59 AM ET

Iran's controversial nuclear plant

American Morning panel discusses Iran beginning to fuel its first nuclear energy plant and Israel's response. Watch Video

Filed under: Iran
August 4th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Reports: Grenade lobbed at Iranian president's convoy

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on June 28, 2010. (Getty Images/File)

By Reza Sayah, CNN

(CNN) – A grenade exploded near the convoy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to a western Iranian city Wednesday, according to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency and other outlets.

Ahmadinejad was unhurt, the reports said. However, the media department at Iran's Presidential Office denied he came under attack. Despite the denial, there was an account about the incident on Raja news, Ahmadinejad's official Web site. Watch Video


Filed under: Iran
July 30th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Moms work for hikers' release

A year ago today Sarah Shourd, one of the American hikers detained in Iran e-mailed this to her mother:

"Hello sweetness, so, we're traveling. Actually, we're in northern Iraq! It's totally safe. The Kurds in this area have been pro-American since 1991. No single American has ever been hurt on Kurdish territory.So, don't worry. Tonight we're going camping. I love you. Love Sarah."

For nearly a year her mother and the mothers of the two other detained hikers have been worrying and today, they'll be be leading a protest outside of the Iranian mission to the UN demanding their release- and
Cindy Hicky, mother of Shane Bauer, Nora Shourd, mother of Sarah and Laura Fattal, mother of Josh joined CNN's American Morning Friday.

Filed under: Iran
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

Were hikers seized in Iraq, not Iran? Video

Filed under: Iran • World
June 17th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Moms demand Iran free jailed hikers

(CNN) – The mothers of three US hikers who remain jailed in Iran are demanding their children be released or tried. It's the first time the families have criticized the Iranians since their children were arrested near the Iraq-Iran border and charged with espionage last year. Laura Fattal, mother of imprisoned American hiker Josh Fattal, joined us via phone on Thursday's American Morning.

Read more: Mothers of detained U.S. hikers urge Iran to prosecute or free them

Filed under: Iran • World
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