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Gulf Nation Sends Plane To Iran Amid Efforts To Free American Hikers

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — An official with Oman’s foreign ministry says the Gulf nation has sent a plane to Tehran amid efforts toward a bail-for-freedom deal for two Americans jailed for spying.

Oman played a similar role in bringing a third member of the group, Sarah Shourd, from Iran last year after payment of $500,000 bail. [see related story…]

The Omani official gave no further details Wednesday on the possible release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who were detained along the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009.

The Omani official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivities of negotiations.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Americans could be released within days on a total of $1 million bail. But Iran’s judiciary says the plan is still being reviewed. [see related story video…]

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  • Philly

    what’s wrong with hiking in the grand canyon? Something doesn’t make sense with these people. who cares let them stay there ! I guess tax dollars are going to pay the bail

  • willie

    Effin morons.

  • Moewolf

    Hey Gang, here’s a cool idea, let’s go hiking in a country where the government hates us. They must have forgotten that the lily white entitlement ileaves when you enter a hostile land. I have absolutely no sympathy for them.

  • kelprod

    Paying $1M in ransom to get these knuckleheads released is a disgrace. If they are so studid they do not realize hiking in Iran is not a bright idea, then they are too stupid to bring back here….send them to Oman and keep them there.

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