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Videos Released By Families Of U.S. Hikers Detained In Iran

The families of three Americans detained in Iran have released videos that they say prove that their children were on vacation and meant no harm in crossing the border.

The videos show them goofing around and rapping in Irbil, Iraq .

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal were detained on July 31 after straying across an unmarked border area between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan.

RFE/RL spoke to Laura Fattal, the mother of 27-year-old Josh, in September. You can read the interview here.

From the look of the videos, they don't exactly look like CIA agents.

-- Luke Allnutt

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