Hikers Leave Iran for Good
Destination: Oman, where they will be met by their families
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 1:29 PM CDT
In this photo taken in July 2011, US hikers Shane Bauer, right, and Josh Fattal, walk in a park in northern Tehran, during custody in Iran.   (AP Photo/Press TV)

(Newser) Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are officially no longer on Iranian soil. The American hikers have departed on a flight from Tehran to Oman, a Swiss diplomat tells CNN. Their destination is the Omani capital of Muscat, where they will be met by their families, along with fellow hiker/Bauer's fiancee, Sarah Shourd. That country's envoy to Iran says the men will stay in Muscat for a few days "before heading home."

And from the men's families, joy: "Today can only be described as the best day of our lives," they said in a statement. "We have waited for nearly 26 months for this moment and the joy and relief we feel at Shane and Josh's long-awaited freedom knows no bounds. We now all want nothing more than to wrap Shane and Josh in our arms, catch up on two lost years and make a new beginning, for them and for all of us."

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Sep 21, 2011 5:37 PM CDT
These idiots should be forced to hike/swim back to the USA for their stupidity; they get no sympathy from me.
Sep 21, 2011 5:27 PM CDT
Hiking the US/Mexican border is too dangerous, on both sides. Better off going to Pakistan or Israel. Just sayin' . ..
Sep 21, 2011 2:59 PM CDT
Iran is more merciful than the State of Georgia when it comes to crimes not committed. There's no proof these people were even in Iran, and there's no proof Troy Davis killed MacPhail. Yet we are supposed to fear Iran?