10 US sailors held by Iran confirmed freed

Ten U.S. sailors who were taken prisoner by Iran when two small boats were patrolling near Iranian waters have been released along with their vessels, the Navy has confirmed. The U.S. claims one of the small Riverine Command Boats experienced mechanical difficulties, strayed off course, and then disappeared from radar.  The Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the boats and took the sailors prisoner, accusing them of "snooping" and demanding an apology from the U.S. government. Initially, the Iranians said they would release the sailors and their boats at dawn Iran time.  But after an "investigation" that confirmed the navigational problems, the sailors were let go mid-afternoon Iran time. Washington Post: According to the Navy’s press release, the sailors departed Farsi Island, where they were held, at 8:43 GMT (3:43 a.m. Eastern Time). They were transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other sailors took charge of the...(Read Full Post)

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