Don’t believe the soft sell of the corrupt media machine. This was a hostile act by Iran pure and simple to humiliate the United States!
CNN reports the 10 American sailors captured by Iran have been freed.They were captured Tuesday after their two naval boats entered Iranian waters near Farsi Island, in the Persian Gulf.What sounded like the sailors' imminent release Wednesday morning dragged on for hours, with Iranian officials interrogating the sailors about their motives and demanding a U.S. apology.But Iranian officials said they deemed the incident accidental."The evidence suggests that they unintentionally entered the Iranian waters because of the failure of their navigational system," IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said on Press TV.On Wednesday afternoon, the sailors came on their two boats to a rendezvous point in the Persian Gulf. They were escorted by Iranian boats that turned back when they reached the rendezvous point in international water, the U.S. Navy said.The sailors then boarded the USS Anzio, where they were undergoing medical checks.On Wednesday morning, officials interrogated the sailors to see whether they "entered Iranian waters intentionally on an intelligence mission," the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps said, according to the state-run Press TV.And Iran's foreign minister called for the United States to apologize for the "encroachment" of American vessels into Iranian territorial waters, a top Iranian navy commander told state-run media.IRGC Navy Commander Admiral Ali Fadavi said the presence of the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf waters "disturbed the security of the area" and criticized the U.S. Navy maneuvers.
Iran’s History of Aggression at Sea
As reported by the NY Times two weeks ago, the Iranian Navy harassed an American carrier and a French frigate in the Strait of Hormuz, launching rockets that passed within 1,500 yards of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.
Last year, an Iranian Navy frigate approached a ship in the Gulf of Aden where an American military helicopter had just landed and pointed a heavy machine gun at it for several minutes before turning around, all while an Iranian crew filmed the encounter. The Fifth Fleet, for its part, has its own videotape of the episode.
In 2007, the Revolutionary Guards Navy captured 15 British military service members and held them for 13 days, making a point of protecting its sea borders. A year later, the British Navy released a report saying that its vessels had been in an area with disputed borders between Iran and Iraq.