US Navy veteran held by Iran released and en route home

Release part of an agreement involving an Iranian-American doctor prosecuted by the US Justice Department.

A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the US, Iran, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]-
A United States Navy veteran jailed in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft, US officials said on Thursday. “The nightmare is over,” his mother said.

The US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet freed detainee Michael White and will accompany him to the US on board an American plane, the officials said.

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