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Former Iran Hostages Mark Their Release

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

January 20, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A group of Americans who had been held hostage in Iran reunited at the Capitol a day before the 25th anniversary of their freedom.

Sixty-six Americans were taken captive at the U.S. Embassy or the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran in 1979, and 52 of them were held until Jan. 20, 1981. About 20 of the abductees gathered in Washington.

L. Bruce Laingen of Bethesda, Md., the embassy's charge d'affaires at the time, said he was still hopeful for a resumption of U.S.-Iran ties.

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