U.S.-Iranian relations

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After crossing into Iran, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, inset photo, were arrested by Iranian guards July 31, 2009. , Photo Credit: Courtesy: freethehikers.org
After crossing into Iran, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, inset photo, were arrested by Iranian guards July 31, 2009. , Photo Credit: Courtesy: freethehikers.org

Iran has charged three Americans arrested near the Iranian border in July with espionage. One of them, Josh Fattal, was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park. His family and supporters say that Josh was not a spy, just a tourist hiking in Kurdistan, Iraq, when he may have strayed into Iranian territory. Joining us will be LAURA FATTAL, Josh’s mother, as well as JOEL SIMON, head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, who is supporting the effort to free the hikers. Also helping us understand the recent history of U.S.-Iranian relations is MARK BOWDEN, journalist and author of Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle of America’s War with Militant Islam.
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