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Former U.S. Marine Imprisoned in Iran Goes on Hunger Strike

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A photo of Amir Hekmati from the Facebook page created in support of his release called "Free Amir Hekmati." Photo: Facebook.

TIME – As the U.S. and Iran engage in dialogue over Tehran’s nuclear program, a former U.S. Marine who fears that he may be forgotten amid the diplomacy has gone on hunger strike to draw renewed attention to his plight.

Amir Hekmati, who has been imprisoned near the Iranian capital since 2011, announced the hunger strike to his family in a phone call Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

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