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'The nightmare is over' as Americans freed from Iran reunite with families

Seven Americans released from Iran as part of a prisoner swap held tearful reunions with family members early Tuesday.
Siamak Namazi

NEW YORK — A group of Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran landed in the United States early Tuesday for an emotional reunion with family members who spent years campaigning for their release. 

Siamak Namazi was first to walk off the plane. Namazi, who after being detained for nearly eight years was the longest-held American in Iran, closed his eyes and took a deep breath before stepping onto US soil.  

The seven Americans held tearful exchanges with family members, some of whom were holding US flags, at Fort Belvoir’s Davison Army Airfield in northern Virginia, where they arrived around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

The returnees, including several who spent years in harsh conditions at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, were offered what the US military refers to as “post-isolation support activities” to address their physical and psychological well-being. 

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