September 18th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Freed hiker thanks Oman for helping get her out of Iran

Freed American hiker Sarah Shourd thanked the Omani people Saturday for helping secure her release from Iran, saying that she will associate Oman with her "first breath of freedom."

Addressing journalists before leaving Oman to return home to the United States, Shourd said she hoped her fiance, Shane Bauer, and her friend Josh Fattal, still jailed in a Tehran prison, will soon be free.

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  1. equal

    Im tired of this story,these people didnt have brains hiking in these terrorist countries.do they know how to read or do they watch the news,or they dont believe reports,warning we are at war with both places for dumb people

    September 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smokey

    When the other two idiots are released I'd love to hear their rationale for hiking in the Middle East.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • James M

      Not all of the Middle east is a sand pit. The place where they were hiking actually seems lovely. http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/tonka_eng/1/1267970443/tpod.html#_

      I remember one conversation about Iran where a poster ended the argument by showing his ski trip photos at the ski resort outside of Tehran. None of the "anti-Iran" people in the thread were prepared for that.... It turns out Iran has some really awesome alpine skiing.

      September 20, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    PLEASE DONATE FOR PAKISTAN EMERGENCY DONATION & DOUBLE IT FROM CANADIAN GOVERNMENT BY Oct 3rd.
    CALL UNICEF CANADA 1-800-567-4483 OR UNICEF.CA
    $1, $2 OR MORE, EVERY $ COUNTS. THANKS IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY.

    September 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jgag

    From the Koran. This is what FUSLIMS believe today, not hundreds of years ago.

    Source(s):
    Qur'an 9:71 "O Prophet, strive hard [fighting] against the unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be harsh with them. Their abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed."
    Qur'an 8:59 "The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them."
    Qur'an 4:168 "Those who reject [Islamic] Faith, Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to any path except the way to Hell, to dwell therein forever. And this to Allah is easy."
    Qur'an 4:114 "He who disobeys the Apostle after guidance has been revealed will burn in Hell."
    Ishaq:344 "We smote them and they scattered. The impious met death. They became fuel for Hell. All who aren't Muslims must go there. It will consume them while the Stoker [Allah] increases the heat. They had called Allah's Apostle a liar. They claimed, 'You are nothing but a sorcerer.' So Allah destroyed them."
    Qur'an 33:60 "Truly, if the Hypocrites stir up sedition, if the agitators in the City do not desist, We shall urge you to go against them and set you over them. They shall have a curse on them. Whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain without mercy – a fierce slaughter – murdered, a horrible murdering."
    Qur'an 33:64 "Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers [whom he defines as Christians in the 5th surah] and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: 'Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!' 'Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!'"
    Qur'an 5:10 "Those who reject, disbelieve and deny Our signs, proofs and verses will be companions of Hell-Fire."
    Qur'an 88:1 "Has the narration reached you of the overwhelming (calamity)? Some faces (all disbelievers, Jews and Christians) that Day, will be humiliated, downcast, scorched by the burning fire, while they are made to drink from a boiling hot spring."
    Bukhari:V1B11N617 "I would order someone to collect firewood and another to lead prayer. Then I would burn the houses of men who did not present themselves at the compulsory prayer and prostration."
    Bukhari:V1B11N626 "The Prophet said, 'No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr. If they knew the reward they would come to (the mosque) even if they had to crawl. Certainly I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.'"
    Bukhari:V4B52N260 "The Prophet said, 'If a Muslim discards his religion, kill him.'"
    Qur'an 5:51 "Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends."Reply WAKE UP AMERICA.........!!!!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jimmy

    That witch needs to sit her a$$w down and shut up , all shes doing is showing everybody how dumb she is

    September 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vlaer

    I don't see anything stupid in promoting the idea that the risk of interacting with the rest of the world shouldn't be totally unreasonable.

    On the other hand, before I jump and proclaim that this woman should be considered innocent by some other country's laws, I'd complain that innocent until proven guilty doesn't always seem to be the rule in this country (see: Blagojevich). Hillary Clinton certainly doesn't speak for me.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James M

    The place they went to visit actually seems spectacular. Ancient cities and high waterfalls over beautiful gorges. http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/tonka_eng/1/1267970443/tpod.html#_

    This region does indeed market itself for tourism... For all those who are wondering "what were they thinking?" it does seem to be quite an interesting place for hiking. If I went there I'd definitely bring an expensive camera for landscape photography, which would of course get me labeled as a spy... We haven't heard enough from Turkey or from the Iraq government on this. I don't think Mr. Ahmedinejad should have been allowed to leave New York until this was settled. We don't have the balls to do that, of course.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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