Inside the crucial final hours as American diplomats tackled last minute obstacles to bring five Americans imprisoned in Iran home

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In the final hours as the United States closed in on a controversial but historic deal to bring five Americans deemed wrongfully detained in Iran home , Iranian officials threw up roadblocks, attempted to force the US government to make last minute concessions and even stalled the process minutes before the detainees were set to board a flight out of Tehran.

CNN has learned new, behind-the-scenes details about the final few days and the obstacles American diplomats had to navigate as they sought to ensure a diplomatic breakthrough that had been years in the making did not fall apart […]

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