Plane Carrying Freed Americans Leaves Iran

Jason Rezaian's '545-day nightmare' is over: 'Post' publisher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 17, 2016 7:24 AM CST
Plane Carrying Freed Americans Leaves Iran
In this 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran.   (Vahid Salemi)

A senior US official says the plane carrying Americans who had been imprisoned by Iran has left Tehran. The Obama administration official isn't saying whether all four Americans were on the plane, just that "our detained US citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart Iran have left." The publisher of the Washington Post is confirming via a statement that reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY'-ahn) has "safely left the country" with his wife after a "545-day nightmare. The Americans are expected to fly to Switzerland, reports the Post, then on to an American military base in Germany. (More Jason Rezaian stories.)

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