Free at Last… Iran Reportedly Frees 4 US Prisoners Including a Journalist, Marine and Pastor

Free at Last… Iran Reportedly Frees 4 US Prisoners Including a Journalist, Marine and Pastor

This came as a surprise. Iran is releasing four American hostages with dual citizenship that include Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, who had been held on various charges. FARS identified the fourth prisoner freed as Nosratollah Khosrawi. They were released in exchange for at least six people imprisoned or charged in the United States, Iranian officials said, a swap linked to the imminent implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers. The six are individuals imprisoned for violating sanctions against Iran. I remember hearing Trump say a couple of weeks ago that the hostages would be released before he was elected. That must have also played in to this somehow.

Jason Rezaian

From Fox News:

Iran state TV announced Saturday the release of four dual-nationality prisoners without revealing names.

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The British Broadcasting Corp. reports those freed are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three Iranian Americans.

American pastor Saeed Abedini is also among those being released, multiple sources tell Fox News.

We should not have had to swap prisoners for these men. Not only did Iran get everything they wanted and more in the atrocious nuke deal, they now get six prisoners. Unbelievable. This must be why our military apologized to these monsters. These men endured horrific torture and abuse at the hands of the Iranians. They will now come home and for that, I am profoundly grateful. But the fate of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent and CIA contractor who disappeared after visiting Iran in 2007 is still unknown. His family reached out to me years ago and I am dejected he will not be coming home. This announcement comes as Iran and the international community are expected Saturday to complete a deal in which Tehran verifies the curtailment of its efforts to build a nuclear weapon in exchange for getting back $150 billion in frozen assets. It’s all one monstrous joke.

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