Held Hostage in Iran: American Hiker Sarah Shourd's First Interview
The night before they were captured, the three friends were at a wedding in Damascus. The next morning, they set out for a tourist site called Ahmad Awah, a popular camp site for Kurdish families. After a night of camping out, Sarah, Shane and Josh stopped at a small food stand and asked for a recommendation on where to go hiking. They were directed to a trail, and about three hours later, they saw the soldiers.
"We had no idea that we were even near Iran," Sarah says. "There is absolutely no indication of a border. No signs. We didn't see a single person. No flag or building or a fence—the way you would imagine a border. We were just on a trail, and so I have no way of knowing where that border is."