Iran’s state news agency is claiming that Iran has released four American hostages who are dual American-Iranian citizens.
According to FARS, the four Americans – Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. marine Amir Hekmati and and an unidentified man believed to be businessman Siamak Namazi – in exchange for six Iranians held in this country on sanctions related charges.
The State Department has yet not comment on this report. Anything Iran says must be greeted with the utmost skepticism. I’ll believe they are free when they are back on American soil.
Nevertheless, if the Obama Administration is prepared to trade five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl then it more than plausible that they are prepared to make this deal.
The report did not provide any word on the fate of Robert Levinson, the former FBI & DEA agent who has been held in captivity since March 2007. This leads to me believe either a) he is dead or b) the Iranians want something more before they release a Jew.
The announcement comes on the implementation day of the Iran nuclear deal. If this report is true it will be good that these Americans can return home notwithstanding the strings that were attached. Yet given Iran’s recent missile tests, the rocket that landed within a mile of the USS Harry Truman and the brief, but humiliating kidnapping of 10 Navy sailors and seizure of their boats, does anyone honestly believe that Iran won’t resort to further provocations against America and her interests as long as Barack Obama remains in office?