US hikers freed: Timeline of key events

The two US hikers remaining in Iranian custody, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were released today after more than two years of detention. Here are the key points in their saga.

May 20, 2010 – Hikers' mothers visit Iran

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    Laura Fattal (r.), Nora Shourd (c.) and Cindy Hickey (l.), mothers of US hikers detained in Iran, hold roses upon their arrival at the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran, Iran, on May 19, 2010.
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The hikers’ mothers reunite with their children in Iran during a week-long visit to Iran. The Iranian government gave the three women rare visas in what it called an “Islamic humanitarian gesture.” The mothers appealed to the authorities to release their children on the same basis.

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