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Freed hikers: Iran held us because we're American

Sunday, September 25, 2011 | 4:25 p.m. CDT; updated 7:11 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 25, 2011

NEW YORK — Declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not their actions, two Americans held for more than two years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, ending a diplomatic and personal ordeal with a sharp rebuke of the country that had imprisoned them after they hiked over the border from Iraq.

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