The US military in Iraq has freed two Iranian prisoners from its custody, an Iranian diplomat at Tehran's embassy in Baghdad told AFP on Friday.
"Two Iranians have been freed by the Americans after co-operation with the office of the prime minister (Nuri al-Maliki) and the Iranian embassy," an Iranian diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The diplomat declined to give any further details about the two Iranians who were freed. It was not immediately clear when they were released.
The American military did not respond to requests to confirm the prisoners' release....
[bth: so now the 3 American hikers will be freed. So earlier this week the French freed an Iranian caught by the Americans buying nuclear parts and a french citizen caught in Iran was freed. Not the Iraqis release 2 Iranians and I'll bet next week the three hikers are released on humanitarian grounds. All parties will claim there was no deal. But there was/is.]