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5 U.S. citizens set free by Iran in prisoner swap

Exchange involved transfer of $6bn in Iranian funds from South Korea

Americans released during a prisoner swap deal between U.S. and Iran arrive at Doha International Airport on Sept. 18.   © Reuters

DOHA (Reuters) -- Five U.S. citizens left Iran and landed in Doha on Monday in a prisoner swap for five Iranians held in the United States and the transfer of $6 billion in Iranian funds in a rare moment of cooperation between the longtime antagonists.

"Today, five innocent Americans who were imprisoned in Iran are finally coming home," U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement, shortly before the U.S. detainees descended the stairs of a Qatari jet to be embraced by U.S. diplomats.

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