UPDATED: Iran Takes Two U.S. Navy Vessels Into Custody, Freed Following DayScreen Shot 2016-01-12 at 4.22.04 PM
[UPDATE 2] The 10 U.S. sailors detained by the Iranians have been freed.
Spokesman for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corphs, Ramazan Sharif said:
“The evidence suggests that they unintentionally entered the Iranian waters because of the failure of their navigational system.”
The ships were given an escort to a meet-up point in international waters where the sailors were picked up by a U.S. naval ship.
Secretary John Kerry expressed gratitude to the Iranians for their help in this situation.
Here is an image of the detained sailors:
[UPDATE] The number of U.S. sailors in custody stands at 10.
Sen. Barbara Boxer told reporters that it appears to have been a mechanical issue and these sailors will be on their way soon. She said the vessels weren’t “planning to be anywhere near Iran-claimed territory.”
she went on to say: “Hopefully this will be resolved and it won’t be an issue we’ll be talking about in a couple of hours.”
A major story is currently breaking out of the Persian Gulf as two U.S. Navy vessels have been taken into custody.
Two small Navy craft were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. Navy lost contact with them. Turns out they were taken into custody by the Iranians for undisclosed reasons.
However, the situation looks like it will come to a peaceful resolution. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said:
“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly.”
Read more at the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it briefly lost contact with two small Navy craft in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday but has received assurances from Iran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook tells The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the US lost contact with them.
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