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Sec. Clinton Presses Iran For Details On Hikers

"U.S. Asks Iran To Help Locate Missing Americans." That's the headline right now at, a website controlled by Iran's government. The story makes it sound as if Iran's government has no first-hand knowledge about what has happened to three Americans reportedly arrested near the border with Iraq.

As you might imagine, its a little different than the headlines from U.S. news media:

— "Clinton Seeks Info From Iran On Missing Hikers," says the Associated Press.

— "Clinton Presses Iran For Info On Detained U.S. Hikers," writes

— "Clinton Urges Iran To Help Find, Return 3 Tourists," says

The Americans were hiking last Thursday near Sulaimaniyah Iraq, when, they told a friend by telephone, they wandered across the border into Iran and were soon surrounded by armed men.

According to the AP:

One of the missing Americans has been identified by Kurdish authorities as Joshua Fattal. His mother, Laura Fattal of Elkins Park, Pa., issued a brief statement Sunday.

"My husband and I are only concerned about Josh" and the two others, she said.

The New York Times says Kurdish authorities in the largely autonomous area of Iraq where the hikers had been identified the other two as Shane Michael Bauer, of Emeryville, Calif., and Sarah Emily Shourd, of Oakland, Calif. They are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s, the Times says.



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