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January 20, 2011

30 years later, Iran hostages try to bridge gap between Tehran, Washington

  Iran hostages

It was 30 years ago today that American hostages who'd been held in captivity in Iran for 444 days, were released back to the United States and freedom.

To mark the anniversary, some of the former hostages have established a foundation, the Iran Study Group (Facebook page here) to try to bridge the gap between the United States and Iran. The group said in a statement that it was established "to support diplomacy efforts between the U.S. and Iran through education, public affairs, and policy support," and "adds a third option to the current official US Government policy of sanctions or military strikes."

The United States (along with leading European nations and others) remains deeply at odds with Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program. Talks tomorrow and Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey are unlikely to lead to any breakthroughs.


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30 yrs ago is a long time to try to chage a different point of view.I think the former hostages should be glad to be free and let someone else try.

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