September 15th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

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

Cindy Hickey, left, and Laura Fattal ask for Iran to release their sons from a Tehran prison.

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 on CNN with Cindy Hicky 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.

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  1. InspectorDreyfuss

    Where are these knuckleheads planning to hike next, Darfur or North Korea?

    September 16, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chas

    It is a shame they were jailed, but come on...why put yourself in jeopardy by hiking anywhere near the Iranian border? Nothing good could come of it. A bit of common sense would have prevented this mess.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B-Dog

    It doesn't surprise me at all that they are 3 granola heads from Berkley. The fact that they went to Iraq to go hiking tells me that they are stupid and it showed them that not everyone in the world is looking for peace and want to sit around the fire singing Kumbayah and appreciating mother nature. It also tells me that their friends and families who didn't try to talk them out of going on this trip are stupid too.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    September 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now lest se what these good americans are saying here,, something about "Mercy" ?
    "Mercy" was a T.V show on NBC iT Got Cansold. you seen mY M.I.A. Army Nurse? hmm,, *reads*
    (im bored)

    September 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    hmmmmm,, fresh meat.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    hmm anyone remember neil burg? or berg? or danny pearl? orr,,
    obviosuly not.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Ter`rorist Update: "Trolls" "P`ricks" and "Orges" (they coudl not tell the differance so they just classified ALL of them as "Ter`rorists" "KIll Them ALL and Let God Sort them out!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      did YOU ever wonder, What "God" might Think of that idea? "Do Unto Others as YOU would have done Unto YOU " ?

      September 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    i cant say P~rick eather ?

    September 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robin

    Was wondering just what intelligence these spys could gather while hiking near the boarder? Another hidden nuclear processing plant? This is so stupid

    September 17, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul Mc

    Its time for a CNN poll................ARE THE HIKERS STUPID OR ASSES--95% AGREE THE ANSWER IS BOTH! They should keep them just for being stupid!

    September 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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