November 1st, 2010
12:35 PM ET

U.S. hikers held in Iran can talk by phone to moms

The mothers of two American hikers held in Iran will now be able to speak to their sons via telephone, according to the Mission on Iran to the United Nations, who said the decision was made based on "humanitarian consideration."

Hikers Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested after Iran says they crossed into the country in July 2009.

They had been near the unmarked border separating Iran from Iraq's Kurdistan region. The hikers described themselves as tourists. Tehran contends they are spies.

Shourd was released on humanitarian grounds in September, but Bauer and Fattal remain in Tehran's Evin Prison on accusations of spying and entering the country illegally.

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  1. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh yes you selfish w,hore set ther enad dlete as fast as i post.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    some selfish c.unt seting nice and saf ein america.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and all she has done is murder her own Troops and Children.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    expalin again u selfish c,unt why i shoudl go kil those terorrrists?

    November 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    November 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    Mehdi General Dr Bad
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    one agin all they do is intecpt and block my words.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply ,,,
    Mehdi General Dr Bad
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    OK americna pigs, NO Talks. NO Deals. NO cease Fires NO Truces. and i no longer have ANY american troops anywhere.
    im going back to my countries and my troops and my wars nmow you american filth.
    Rot IN Hell.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Mehdi General Dr Bad
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    and i wil just go ahea dnow and have those brats in Iranm executed.
    i hate fuking rpeorters.
    C.U.N.T.S.
    shove c.n.n in your asses as well.

    November 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    November 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T. Lee

    Poor "Mehdi General Dr Bad" – a cretin's medical condition always surfaces when trying to use big words like "americna", "fukin", "nmow", and complex phrases like "saf ein america".

    Wow – didn't know they allowed internet access where ever it is you are locked up "Mehdi General Dr Bad.

    Impressive kindheartedness on their part given that they allowed their resident troll and troglodyte unmonitored access to mentally sound adult conversation.

    Time though to adjust the antennae on that foil hat you were last seen wearing, take your meds, and go back to your nice sandbox-nation.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Doug

    If those three are innocent and were really just hiking and strayed accidently into Iran, then fine. I can't imagine who in their right mind wants to go hiking around that part of the world as a tourist! That was dumb any way you cut it. If you want to go backpacking, do Yosemite, or Switzerland! Don't hike around the Congo or Iran! they are lucky that the Taliban or some tribesmen didn't rob and kill them.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dude

    NOTE: Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.

    So... Re: dr bad crap... Hey, what does one have to say to get "moderated"? Apparently "appropriate" is anything @ all.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Metalheaddropout

    It annoys me when countries do stuff like that. People from all over the world come here. Get granted things like sanctuary and the like. This country gives their countrymen fredoms and all we get back is getting dubbed as spies and more of the anti us crap. I got a message for all the countries that do this....if they WERE spies. Chances are you wouldn`t see them anyway. Good thing that they let them talk to family. Last time I heard they spent all the time in the cell. So good to know they arent going to go completly insane.

    November 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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