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Context of 'March 16, 1985: Associated Press Reporter Captured by Hezbollah, Held for Seven Years'

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The Reverend Benjamin Weir, a US citizen, is kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut. He will be held hostage for over a year (New York Times 11/19/1987) until his release in September 1985, concurrent with covert Israeli arms sales to Iran (see September 15, 1985).

A photograph of Terry Anderson provided by his captors.A photograph of Terry Anderson provided by his captors. [Source: Maher Attar / Corbis]Terry Anderson, a reporter with the Associated Press, is kidnapped by Hezbollah militants in Beirut. (New York Times 11/19/1987) Anderson will be held hostage for seven years, longer than any other American captive. His name will become synonymous with the Iran/Lebanese hostage crisis. He will be released in 1991, as the 16-year civil war in Lebanon comes to a close. (CNN 1996)

Thomas Sutherland, a US citizen working at Beirut’s American University, is kidnapped by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. (New York Times 11/19/1987)


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