September 10th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

Release of U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd 'canceled,' Iran says

Iran's semi-official news agency ILNA reported Friday that the release
of American hiker Sarah Shourd has been "canceled," because legal procedures have not been completed.

Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year,
was supposed to be released Saturday.

She, along with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were detained July 31, 2009,  after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking  in Iraq's Kurdistan region.


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  1. Lori

    OMG what a HUGE let down for her and her family. This makes me sick – something needs to be done. I will be praying for her and the other hikers.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • umad

      What can we do? Invade iran over a couple of people who put themselves in harms way by hiking in Iraq aroudn the Iran border?

      Really there is nothing that can be done except trying to convince Iran to release some good propaganda pieces for them. That way they dont need to use the tired and overused anti-semetic propaganda they usually get over in that country.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomoregbldgk

      Semi official news agency? is that like some Iranian kid's blog or youtube video?

      September 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      Hippy dippy kids now forced to suddenly grow up because of the peril they put themselves in. Yeah, Iran is using them to the max, but why in the hell did they act as if "no worries" while treading all over the middle east? What is wrong with their brain?

      September 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      lesson to be learned ... dont go hiking in iraq.

      but do you really need someone to tell you that?

      September 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • john hines

      A memorial is planned at the site of the 9/11 aircraft crash in Penn. state. When the trees are grown it will look like an muslin cresent and it points toward mecca. Check the sky views.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Truth

    That's so cruel.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Southern Snow

    First, they say they will, then they say they won't. Hmm...where have I heard this recently — somewhere in Florida, I think. Thanks, "Rev."

    September 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @$H

      totally agree!!! That pastor is a complete idot!

      September 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • avanmx

      very agreeee....

      September 11, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. gwen

    i wonder if this move is the result of the paster changing his mind about the book burning tomorrow

    September 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • umad

      Probably the result of it to begin with.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      In the world of Islam there are Believers and Infadels. The Believers can do whatever to non-believeing Infadels. Trickery, emotional turmoil it's all part of the game.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MineralMan

      Judy, i love how when people, like you, comment pretending to know everything about a religion. Most of you neocons know of nothing but war and ruining this great country. We need to get out of these wars and punish the bankers who are getting away scott free with not even a slap on the wrist. Oh yeah, half of them are in government.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    sounds about par...

    September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gerry

    They do seem to both be the same kind of dented "nut" performing the cruelty.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richp, Easton, Pa

    And everyone is surprised, they are pawns and will be used accordingly.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      Anyone notice that witless smile on her face is gone? She looks like she'll never go hiking in Iraq again.
      BTW how the he'll does someone get clearance to go hiking in Iraq anyhow? Doesn't anyone question why the heck these twits were there?

      September 12, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. norssken

    Legal procedures? Like extracting a "confession" to hang her fellow trekkers?

    September 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grace

      Finally, a person whose thinking makes sense!

      September 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nonews

    Alright! The polls are open! Who can we blame this on? OK. No blame. What do you believe is the reason behind this. After 500 comments we'll see what the majority belives and let you know.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      How about you blame the ones that got themselves into this mess to begin with for a change.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. La Piovra

    This may or may not be connected to the Rev. Terror Jones. It is, however, what mean people do when they have any kind of power at all, so think long and hard before giving them any.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MikeC

    We should bomb the crap out of them for that

    September 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      thats a mature healthy response, Just bomb the crap out of them. and start an internationl war when our troops are already stretched to thin. You are Brilliant!!! bravo!

      September 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLOWBA

      I know it's frustrating, but they did put themselves in harms way, whether on purpose or not. Timne for all of us to pray for a peaceful ending....

      September 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      No. We should encourage all eco-tourist hippy types to do what they did. Let Iran deal with 'em.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    Send Clinton or Jimmy Carter over there. They would get the job done, unlike this joker who currently stays at the white house.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lamelamelame

      We don't have diplomatic relations with them. Same with North Korea. That's why we've been sending Clinton and Carter, because they're not in office. If you don't think the current president had anything to do with Bill Clinton going to North Korea, then you're pretty ignorant.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • thebear

      Ironic to send Jimmy Carter to try to convince the iranians to release hostages.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      ricky are the joker here thinking the President had nothing to do with Carter or Bill going over there in the first place..HAHA

      September 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommygun

      Send Jimmy, maybe the will keep him...

      September 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lamelamelame

    They need to send special ops in and get them out of there.

    September 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      oh we all wish it was like the movies where our boys get in there get the job done and come out without a scratch.. hmmm Bush was dumb enough to think that with Iraq and we are still dealing with that mess.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      Why? They made stupid decisions. Look at their videos. Not a care in the world while hiking in the middle east. Hippy Dippy young adults. It's tragic, but to risk the lives of American troops for their poor choices? Never.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American

    Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him? Absurd that their own country isn't doing more to secure their release.
    Over a year, in bad health, probably getting brain washed. Come on State Dept., get them home!!

    September 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      The State Department has better things to do than secure the release of three idiots that should not have been there to begin with.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      Exactly, Bill. These young adults aren't all that young. This is what can happen when hippie's think they're exempt from evil deeds.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe W

      I agree! America cares more about collecting taxes and raising taxes. What they need to do is: break down and say were the stronger country so....release them or else! They tried doing this in the late 70's-early 80's and still the same today,,,were taken in dry up the rear-end!

      September 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mahmoud ahmadinejad


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