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January, 11, 2007 A.D.:
US Takes Iranian Diplomats Hostage

By: Mir M.Hosseini


On Jan, 10, 2007, U.S. President Bush made a statement that signaled a tough stance on Iran, whom he accused of destabilizing Iraq. The following day US troops in Irbil raided a building Iran said was a consulate, arresting five men. Iran demanded the release of the five Iranians and claimed they were diplomats but the U.S. government said they were Revolutionary Guards arming Shia fighters in Iraq.
On Feb, 6, 2007 armed gunmen kidnapped Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad. The gunmen wore uniforms of a special Iraqi unit under U.S. direction. Although the U.S. military denied any involvement in the kidnapping, after his release on April 3, the diplomat reported he was tortured by CIA operatives. According to Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. government violated all international and diplomatic norms by launching such operations resulting in negative impacts on diplomatic norms around the world.
The 15 British sailors captured by Iran on March, 23, were released on April, 4, leading to speculation that there was a connection in the events, though all governments officially deny it.
On Jul, 9, 2009, US authorities released the five diplomats: Mohsen Bagheri, Mahmoud Farhadi, Majid Ghaemi, Majid Dagheri and Abbas Jami after 910 days of imprisonment.
The US said this action was required under a U.S-Iraq agreement. Despite the fact that Iran and US do not officially have diplomatic relations, they seem to have established communication channels whenever necessary



KEY TERMS:Abbas Jami , Baghdad , British , Bush , CIA , Farhad , Iran , Iranian , Iraq , Iraqi , Jalal Sharafi , Mahmoud Farhadi , Majid Dagheri , Majid Ghaemi , Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Mohsen Bagheri , Revolutionary Guards , Shia , US


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