Death of Iran general spurs anxiety over fate of US hostages

Christin Levinson, Babak Namazi
Posted at 4:13 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 04:14:00-05

WASHINGTON — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran.

Just a month ago the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope.

The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad.

But the prospect of a speedy resolution for the handful of captives in Iran seems to have dimmed with the two nations edging dangerously close to conflict and warning of retaliatory strikes.

It's a contrast from December's release of a Princeton University graduate student in a prisoner exchange.