MAJOR NEWS: Iran holding 10 American Navy sailors and their boats…US demands immediate release
Iran holds sailors and their two small Navy boats which had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters.
By Ben Ariel
Iran is holding 10 American Navy sailors and their two small Navy boats after the boats had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters, The Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday.
American officials said, however, they have received assurances from Tehran that they will be returned safely and promptly.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told AP that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.
American officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the Persian Gulf. They said that some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to run aground and they were picked up by Iran.
According to AP, Iran’s semiofficial news agency Fars said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy has detained 10 foreign forces, believed to be Americans, and said the sailors were trespassing in Iranian
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