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Three U.S. Tourists Held In Iran

Three American tourists are said to be in Iranian custody after they may have wandered across the Iraq-Iran border, according to Iran state TV. According to reports, all three tourists are in their twenties and one is a woman. The group traveled to Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq with an additional traveler, who fell ill and stayed behind at a hotel. The other three took a taxi to hike in the mountains of Ahmed Awa despite warnings to steer clear of the area because the Iranian territory isn’t marked. They contacted their fourth companion around 1:30 p.m. to say they were “surrounded by Iranian soldiers.” According to Peshrow Ahmed, a spokesman for the security manager in Sulaimaniya, officials are working to devise a plan to get the tourists home safely.