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Freed hikers: Iran held us because we're American

Bauer and Fattal say they were held in isolation. Phone calls with family members amounted to a total of 15 minutes in two years and they had to go on repeated hunger strikes to receive letters.
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After two years behind the bars of an Iranian prison, Minnesota-native Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are now speaking out about their ordeal.

The two men were released last week under a $1 million bail deal. They arrived back on American soil over the weekend.

Each took turns reading statements at a news conference Sunday in New York. The Associated Press reports Fattal believes the only reason they were held hostage was because they're American. But the men say the irony is they oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuates the hostility.

The two men, along with a third hiker Sarah Shourd, were hiking along the Iran-Iraq border in 2009 when Iranian guards detained them. The three were charged for spying. They always maintained their innocence.

Bauer says they don't know whether they had crossed the border and 'will probably never know.'

Bauer and Fattal say they were held in isolation. Phone calls with family members amounted to a total of 15 minutes in two years and they had to go on repeated hunger strikes to receive letters.

ABC News reports the two men didn't even know they were being freed until the morning they were released last week.

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