- 06 Jun
By Edward Carney
It was reported on Wednesday that Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen and permanent resident of the United States who has been held hostage in Iran since 2015, is scheduled to be released in the coming days. Zakka was one of several US nationals who were taken prisoner on false or unsubstantiated charges in the aftermath of that year’s Iran nuclear agreement, even though its implementation coincided with the release of four individuals who had previously been arrested and prosecuted. His pending release is arguably a rare sign of progress in discussions related to the Iranian regime’s penchant for hostage taking, although it may also be interpreted as a response to Zakka’s Lebanese nationality, rather than his American residency.