Fifteen U.S. hostages are scheduled to be freed by Iraqi authorities on Saturday and flown home from Baghdad with boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, has been in Baghdad more than a week with two aides and members of the Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East. Ali met with President Saddam Hussein this week for about an hour and was told he would be able to take 15 hostages home.