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Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American
Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

New York Times, by Michael Corkery*

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/18/2014 10:12:11 AM

President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact. Yet, on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a few

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Reply 1 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 4/18/2014 10:54:08 AM     (No. 9815619)

Probably Rory Reid working on another deal to sell us down the river with Dad´s approval.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 4/18/2014 10:54:46 AM     (No. 9815622)

Undoubtedly, John Kerry was given secret transport so he could crawl on his hands and knees in Iran.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 4/18/2014 1:41:05 PM     (No. 9815874)

My prayer is that Obama is aboard and he´s seeking political asylum in Iran.

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