May 20th, 2010
04:32 AM ET

Report: Mothers met with detained hikers in Iran

The mothers of three American hikers detained in Iran met with their children on Thursday, Iran's Press TV reported as it showed pictures of the tearful reunion.

Sarah Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Josh Fattal, 27,  were detained last July. Their families say the three accidentally  strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip in  Iraqi Kurdistan.

Fattal's  mother, Laura Fattal, last week picked up visas that enabled her and the two other mothers to enter Iran to visit their children. They  had applied for visas six months ago.

The three Americans have not  been formally charged, although Tehran has said they will face trial on  espionage charges.

They have had little contact with the outside world since their arrests.

They made a brief phone call home  March 9 and have had access to a few letters and messages sent by  relatives, friends and supporters.

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  1. Victor

    Smells fishy. What WERE they doing there?

    May 20, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. USMC79

    I've been close to the border of Iran/Iraq and it really isn't marked at all. The problem though is that you could honestly be in Iraq and it's the Iranians who will cross their border to nab you then claim that YOU were in Iran territory. No one would really know who is in which country, it's just an imaginary line.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephan

      Would you willingly hike in north Iraq nowadays with no weapon or protection? Knowing that foreigners are either beheaded or kidnapped for ransom if captured by the various militias and terrorist groups plagueing the area?

      May 20, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jenn

      I can see that ... not like there is a "Welcome to Iran" sign hanging out across the boarder there. But something sure does smell bad regarding their "hike". What in the wide wide world of sports were those three doing out there in the first place? Never mind, asked and not answered! Its Iran folks ... they have and will continue to do as they please. If these "hikers" see American soil in the next 10 years, I'll be surprised.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Hennie Nijman

      Because there is no clear border line you need a local person to guide you!! I live about an hours drive from Achmed Awa, I would not dream of going into this place without local friends. Why did they????????

      May 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Blake

    Reading the comments to see "if the story sold" was my favorite part of this article.
    Love you guys, because it doesn't seem like most of us buy into this version of the story!
    Who goes hiking along a border of countries in conflict/trouble/angry at us, etc?
    No one. End of it. C'mon?!
    I wonder if the 'hikers" are getting auto deposit while off on vacation, or accruing benefits from their various employers?! I have an idea....why don't we go visit their employers offices, where I am sure all the employees are concerned about their missing co-workers....right?
    Something doesn't smell right here and it isn't oil infused gulf seafood (it's too early for that!)

    May 20, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marcus

    Janini u r a retard! Allah sucks. America is the BEST country in the world, if u dont like it leave! Actually leave anyway, we dont want u here.


    May 20, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephan

      what makes you think he is actually in the US. He could be anywhere in the world on this website. And just because you get one person provoking you don't have to be disrespectful to the rest of the muslims. Otherwise you are being extremist...

      May 20, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Thanks Marcus, for another example of the increasing display of American ignorance and intolerance. What makes it so easy for clowns like you to direct others to leave our free country?

      May 20, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. jen taylor

    hiking in Iran? Try hiking the Grand Canyon in the good old US of A!!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    These three richly deserve the Darwin Award. Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ronald

    It really makes me mad that Iran had to humiliate the Mothers by making them cover their heads. Let the world know, they can keep them in place.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jean

    I feel for the parents, but honestly, how stupid were these young adults to go hiking that close to a border of a country that doesn't like – strike that – hates the US? While that area of Iraq is relatively stable, it still does not top my list of places to go on a vacation. And having a guide would be no guarantee of safety because those reporters in China that got caught in North Korea had a guide who might have sold them out. The fact that they are closer to 30 than 20 makes this even more mind boggling.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Why would any American pick that part of the world to go hiking. Its hard to feel sorry for people that make such stupid decisions. That being said, I hope they are soon reuniited with there families. After they are released there passports should be takin away for good.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. CPT Obvious

    Well, they were going to hike in North Korea, but this flight was cheaper. Plus they really wanted to see nomadic goat herders.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. esp

    if this was not espionage, US would have already sent someone to rescue them. use your brains.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Elisabeth

    egor687 – said "Perhaps we should hire Iran's border guards to cover the Mexican border......" excellent idea (and I fixed your typo).....

    May 20, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    These "hikers" started the hike at 10:30 P.M. and were detained around midnight. The question is are they CIA or Mossad. They are all Jewish so probably Mossad. The are lucky they are not being shot.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    They're not Jewish. They are pro-Syrian, anti-Israel, anti-American "reporters" basing themselves out of Damascus, Syria. If they were just "hiking", then I'm a giraffe.

    Let them rot in prison for a few years for all I care. Couple more idiot Berkelye grads.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allen

    Certainly the writer of this article is aware that the US held hundreds, if not thousands of men, for years- not months, but years with zero contact with their families, representatives from their governments, or any outside contact with anyone at all- with most if not all being brutally tortured as well? Surely the writer is aware of the over 100 deaths of "detainees" due to torture at the hands of the US government? Is the writer also aware the US runs a world wide secret gulag that contains God knows how many people who get no visits from anyone and no phone calls?

    And yet the USA feels completely at ease taking Iran to task over its far lesser civil rights violations here? These people are out of their minds. Nuts. This article is emblematic of criminally insane sociopaths who show absolutely no awareness of their own crimes while constantly working themselves into foaming lathers at the far lesser faults of those around them. This is, in a word, bonkers.

    The scariest thing about this is that foreigners will read this – foreign intelligence political analysts will read this article and pretty much conclude the same thing I have here – we are ruled by an elite that is utterly incapable of introspection of any serious sort and that somehow actually thinks it still has the moral high ground to lecture other countries on human rights and due process. Pathetic!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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