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


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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