Sarah Shourd

IRAQ PRESSES IRAN TO RELEASE 3 AMERICANS

BAGHDAD - -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 no reason to believe the three would soon be freed and had heard no word from the Iranians since making the request last week during a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Iraq But he hoped for an answer in the coming days, the foreign minister said.

Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 30, and Josh Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they crossed into Iran on July 31 while hiking through a scenic mountainous area of Iraq's northern...

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