Hostage taking, Iranian style


Mullahs keep jailing Iranian-Americans to trade for Iranians in US custody

By Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor

There are numerous theories about why Iran keeps jailing Iranian-Americans, including hard-line efforts to undercut the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. Another motive, however, has been clear at least since the days of Rouhani’s predecessor: seeking to trade detainees for Iranians in US custody.

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Barbara Slavin is Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council where she focuses on Iran. On Twitter: @BarbaraSlavin1

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