Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters
May 6, 2012
Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, U.S. hikers who were held in Iran on charges of espionage, wave before boarding a flight back home in Muscat on Sept. 24. The three hikers were arrested by Iranian forces in July 2009 near the unmarked border with Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region of northern Iraq, on suspicion of spying after crossing into Iran from Iraq. Bauer's fiance Sarah Shourd was released in Sept. 2010 after 410 days in solitary confinement.