Other Americans being held overseas

  • Updated: June 4, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Other Americans held overseas

While Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was the last American prisoner of war known in captivity, he isn’t the only American being held by foreign forces. For example, a number of U.S. journalists have been abducted while reporting in Syria. Here are six others who should not be forgotten:

Alan Gross: Former U.S. government contractor, 64, of Maryland, has been imprisoned by Cuba since December 2009 after distributing communications equipment to Jewish groups in Cuba.

Kenneth Bae: Imprisoned by North Korea since November 2012. Bae, 45, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to overthrow the government.

Saeed Abedini: Imprisoned by Iran since September 2012. Abedini, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, was sentenced to eight years in prison for spreading his beliefs.

Amir Hekmati: Imprisoned by Iran since August 2011. The former Marine who was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan, has been accused of spying for the CIA, which the United States denies.

Warren Weinstein: Held by Al-Qaida since August 2011. Weinstein, 72, of Maryland, was kidnapped in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011.

Robert Levinson: Kidnapped in March 2007 by an unknown group. Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007. It is not known if he is still alive. The last known proof of life was released over three years ago. He would be 66 years old.

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