American and Western Hostages

35 years after the conclusion of the Iran Hostage Crisis, Iran continues to take Americans and other Westerners hostage. The Iranian regime is currently holding the twelve American and Western citizens and residents profiled below on trumped-charges.

Iran’s rationale for taking these hostages is manifold. American and Western hostages serve as bargaining chips for the regime and these detainees are used as an example to curb internal dissent and punish undesirable behavior. Finally, Iran does not recognize dual citizenship, so by targeting dual citizens, the regime demonstrates to the Iranian expatriate community that it is not beyond their grasp.