Outwardly, with a swiftly expanding economy and a rapidly modernizing infrastructure, everything was going well in Iran.
More than a year into his presidency, Iran still holds prisoner at least five U. His administration confronts a troubling reality: There is no easy way to stop Iran from taking Americans prisoner, a tactic Tehran has employed since the Islamic Revolution of That year, Iran took 52 Americans hostage at the U.
Since then, it has detained at least 25 American citizens or permanent residents, Reuters found through interviews and a review of court documents and news reports. Democratic and Republican administrations alike have struggled to find an effective response.
From military strikes to placating Iran through arms sales and cash payments, U. Each path has led only to more prisoners, concessions and tension.
A Reuters investigation found that the Revolutionary Guards had arrested at least 30 dual nationals in two years. One is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian aid worker employed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, whose family and employer deny the charges against her.
Another is Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian scientist arrested in after attending a conference in Tehran. For Washington, progress often comes with a catch. The prisoner trade negotiated by Obama contained elements all but ensuring future American concessions to Iran — including the likelihood of some combination of cash transfers and the release of more prisoners — and vexing questions about the captives left behind.
These voices provide fresh insight into how the intricate negotiations unfolded — and into the path now being followed by Trump. Jason Rezaian, among U. Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor from Idaho, was setting up an orphanage in Iran in when he was detained.
He was released in as part of a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran. Here, he stands with U.
Marine Amir Hekmati, released from an Iranian prison as part of the prisoner swap, arrives in Michigan in Matthew Trevithick spent 41 days in prison before his release.
In return, the Obama administration agreed to either free from jail or drop charges against seven Iranians in the United States.
Those Iranians were almost all charged with or convicted of violating a U. Washington also agreed to drop charges against 14 Iranians living overseas.
The Obama administration also did not win the release of Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman seized by Iran in Octoberjust as diplomats were nearing a final deal over the other prisoners. Siamak has spent more than 1, days in prison, as his family presses for his release.In the mids, Iran’s double-dealing during the covert arms-for-hostage swap — in which Iran helped free three American hostages in Lebanon, only to have three more picked up — was the biggest scandal for the Reagan administration.
Iran hostage crisis, international crisis (–81) in which militants in Iran seized 66 American citizens at the U.S. embassy in Tehrān and held 52 of them hostage for more than a year.
Spies without Borders? Western Intelligence Liaison, the Tehran Hostage Affair and Iran's Islamic Revolution s regular diplomatic reporting on the political and economic situation in Iran, and involved covert operations This intelligence related to a potential American rescue mission of the larger group of embassy hostages and to an.
John Limbert, 70, of Arlington, who was a political officer held hostage during the crisis and later became deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran in and , also supports the deal. Iran has for a long time predominantly been a challenge to the American interests.
Iran’s political direction could go both ways. Iranians opposed to the Shah’s rule invaded the American embassy in Tehran and held a group of 52 American diplomats and other hostages for days.
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