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Americans Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained by Iranian authorities on July 31, 2009, while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border, and accused of spying. After more than a year in captivity, Shourd was released in September due to health problems. Bauer and Fattal, meanwhile, could reportedly be released within a "couple of days," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sept. 13, 2011.
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American Sarah Shourd Freed From Iran

Sept. 14: Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Shourd, rests, at the Mehrabad airport, prior to leaving Tehran, Iran. The American woman released by Iran after more than a year in prison flew out of the country to the nearby Gulf nation of Oman to be reunited with her mother after a $500,000 bail was paid to win her freedom.

American Sarah Shourd Freed From Iran

Sept. 14: American hiker Sarah Shourd, 32, poses for a photograph at Mehrabad airport, prior to leaving Tehran, Iran.

American Sarah Shourd Freed From Iran

Sept. 14: American hiker Sarah Shourd, 32, waits at Mehrabad airport after being released by Iran when a $500,000 bail was paid to win her freedom.

American Sarah Shourd Freed From Iran

Sept. 14: Released American hiker Sarah Shourd leaves the airport in tehran in this image taken from TV. Iran freed Shourd on $500,000 bail, more than a year after she was detained along the Iraq border. However, authorities said they were not considering the immediate release of the two companions arrested with her.

(Reuters)

Desperate Plea

May 22: From left, Laura Fattal, Nora Shourd and Cindy Hickey deliver a statement upon their arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Fattal, Shourd and Hickey returned to the U.S. after traveling to Iran in an unsuccessful attempt to secure the release of their children.

(AP )

Proof of Innocence

Oct. 27, 2009: This image made from a July 29, 2009, video released by Shon Meckfessel and the families of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal, shows, from left: Fattal, Bauer and Shourd dancing in an unfinished cinder block building in the Kurdish city of Irbil, Iraq. The families say the video is proof that the three friends, who embarked on a hiking expedition, are not spies.  

Detained Hikers

Oct. 27: This image made from a July 29, 2009, video released by Shon Meckfessel and the families of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal, shows Shourd dancing in an unfinished cinder block building in the Kurdish city of Irbil, Iraq. 

(AP2009)

Detained Hikers

Joshua Felix Fattal laughs with his mother Laura Fattal in Elkins Park, Pa. 

Families of three Americans detained in Iran after straying over the border say video clips to be released Tuesday show the three happily vacationing with no nefarious intentions. 

(AP2009)

Detained Hikers

Sept. 30: Nora Shourd, right, mother of Sarah Shourd, hugs supporter Ayala Rahm, left, during a rally for three hikers held in Iran, in front of Sproul Hall at University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.

(2009 AP)

Detained Hikers

This undated file photo, released by freethehikers.org, Aug. 20, 2009, shows missing American hikers, Shane Bauer, left, and Sarah Shourd. 

(AP)

Imprisoned in Iran

Americans Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained by Iranian authorities on July 31, 2009, while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border, and accused of spying. After more than a year in captivity, Shourd was released in September due to health problems. Bauer and Fattal, meanwhile, could reportedly be released within a "couple of days," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sept. 13, 2011.

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