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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 20, 2006


The 25th Anniversary of the Release of American Hostages in Iran

Twenty-five years ago today, 52 brave American diplomats returned to freedom after 444 days of unjust captivity at the hands of Iranian hostage-takers. Following the violent takeover of the U.S. Embassy by Iranian militants, an outrageous violation of international law, our citizens suffered psychological torment and physical brutality. On behalf of the Secretary and all their State Department colleagues, I extend our sincere gratitude and admiration to these genuine American heroes.

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Released on January 20, 2006

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