Map of Iran-Iraq Border Where Hikers Were Seized

Map of Iran-Iraq Border Where Hikers Were Seized

Map of Iran-Iraq Border Where Hikers Were Seized

Last July, three Americans were arrested by Iranian forces for allegedly crossing the Iranian border to conduct espionage. However, a five-month investigation by The Nation and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute has located two witnesses who claim the Americans were arrested on Iraqi territory, not in Iran.


Click on the push pins or the blue line to receive more information. View Map of the Iran-Iraq Border Where Hikers Were Seized in a larger map.

Iranian officials have asserted that the American hikers Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, who were taken into custody last July, were arrested on Iranian territory. However, two witnesses to the arrest claim it took place in Iraq. The witnesses are residents of a Kurdish village in Iraq called Zalem (labeled in the map above with the yellow push pin), which lies a few miles from the Iran border. Both witnesses separately reported noticing the three Americans as they hiked up a mountain in the scenic Khormal region, which straddles the border between Iran and Iraq (labeled in the map above as the blue border line).

Once captured, Bauer, Fattal and Shourd were sped by car to the local headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Marivan (labeled in the map above with the green push pin), a town close to the border in the province of Kurdistan.

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read, just one of the many incisive, deeply reported articles we publish daily. Now more than ever, we need fearless journalism that moves the needle on important issues, uncovers malfeasance and corruption, and uplifts voices and perspectives that often go unheard in mainstream media.

Donate right now and help us hold the powerful accountable, shine a light on issues that would otherwise be swept under the rug, and build a more just and equitable future.

For nearly 160 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and moral clarity. As a reader-supported publication, we are not beholden to the whims of advertisers or a corporate owner. But it does take financial resources to report on stories that may take weeks or months to investigate, thoroughly edit and fact-check articles, and get our stories to readers like you.

Donate today and stand with us for a better future. Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.

Thank you for your generosity.

Ad Policy