American and Western Hostages

Iran continues to take Americans and other Westerners hostage. The Iranian regime is currently holding several American and European citizens and residents, some of whom are profiled below, on trumped-charges. UANI is also including selected profiles of hostages who have been recently released from captivity in order to provide an in-depth debriefing on their experience in captivity.

Iran’s rationale for taking these hostages is manifold. These prisoners serve as bargaining chips for the regime to extract geopolitical concessions from the international community and also 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.