Monday, August 10, 2009

3 Americans taken hostage in Iran, and all's quiet

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Where's the obsessive news coverage? Where's the outrage? Where's Bill Clinton?

The Iranians have confirmed they have the three hikers in custody. On Friday, it was reported they were being moved to Tehran, the nation's capital.

Iraq has appealed to Iran to free three American hikers after concluding that the trio who apparently strayed across the Iranian border were just lost tourists, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Sunday.

Zebari said he had heard no word from the Iranians since making the request during a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Iraq last week. But he hoped for an answer in the coming days, he said.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 30 and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region. All three are UC Berkeley graduates who were on an extended trip in the Middle East.

The White House said Sunday that it had received the first official confirmation from Tehran that the three were being held.

More from The L.A. Times.

Here's a link to a statement from Shon Meckfessel, the fourth hiker who stayed behind the day his friends were taken hostage due to a cold.

In related news, Shon Meckfessel is the former bassist for the band CAKE. Here's one of the songs he performs on, "You Turn the Screws":

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