The mountainous border area is a popular hiking destination.
For who? Someone who wants to get killed or imprisoned?
Did some adventure or hiking magazine/website recommend this?
Take it from someone who has spent time in all these cities, don’t make the mistake these people made. Iraq and Kurdistan is not the place for American hikers to bum around. Unless they have a suicide wish. Their actions and stupidity will put American soldiers at risk.
Who is going to pay the cost of the American effort to get them freed? Oh. Yeah. Us.
Edit: I decided to not use the word idiot and will use the word chosen by an Army Major I know. Henceforth, idiots will be fruit-loops. I will try not to forget.