On Tuesday, the counter at the Web site Free the Hikers was at 88 days. Switzerland’s ambassador to Iran paid the three a consular visit in September and said they were in good condition, but they have had no direct contact with relatives, the families said in a news release
Iran has notified the Swiss government that it can have access to three American hikers detained near the border with Iraq, two senior U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday
The highly fortified International Zone in Baghdad came under fire the same day that Vice President Joe Biden paid a surprise visit, an Interior Ministry official told CNN. Biden was not injured, a pool report from Baghdad said.
Polls opened Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan, an official with the regional government told CNN.
In an elaborately choreographed ceremony broadcast live on television, the leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan began pumping oil from Kurdish-controlled oil fields in northern Iraq through a pipeline to neighboring Turkey. It is the first time Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region has officially exported oil out of the country
President Obama plans to visit Turkey in about a month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.