Two American Citizens Detained in War-Torn Yemen Released

The White House says two American citizens held in Yemen have been freed.

ByAlexander Mallin
September 20, 2015, 1:44 PM
PHOTO: A Shiite Huthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reported hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district.
An armed Shiite Huthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reported hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district.
Muhammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

— -- The White House said today that two U.S. citizens in Yemen who had reportedly been detained since early this year by rebels who overthrew the country’s government have been released.

In a statement from the National Security Council, spokesman Ned Price thanked the government of Oman for helping facilitate the release of the two Americans, though it did not identify them by name.

"Since we first learned of their detention, the United States Government has been in regular contact with their families and representatives and, in coordination with our international partners, we have worked tirelessly to secure their release," Price said in the statement.

The two Americans were met in Oman by the U.S. ambassador to Muscat, and their families have been informed of their release, the statement said.

In a statement from the CEO of Transoceanic Gregory Rusovich, one of the Americans freed is identified as Scott Darden, an employee of the company.

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