If we were still respected in the world, this would never have happened. Obama gave the Iranians everything they wanted and they repaid us by firing missiles near our warships and now kidnapping our soldiers.
“Iran ‘Interrogating’ US Sailors Detained In Gulf,” By Sky News US Team, January 12, 2016:
Iran detains the vessels and accuses the nine men and a woman of “illegally” entering its territorial waters.
Iran has said it is interrogating 10 US Navy sailors after their two small vessels apparently strayed into Iranian waters.
The Pentagon said they lost contact with the patrol boats as they moved through the Gulf between Kuwait and Bahrain on Tuesday.
Ten US Navy sailors, nine men and one woman, were detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces, US officials said.
On Tuesday night White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: “We have received assurances from the Iranians that our sailors are safe and that they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly.”
They believe them??
But a statement from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces said “what others say about sailors’ prompt release is their speculation and we don’t confirm or deny it”.
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said Iranian Revolutionary Guards had detained the vessels after they “illegally” entered Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf.
The crews were on riverine patrol boats, which are high-speed vessels used by the US Navy and Marines to patrol rivers and littoral waters.
There are reports that at least one of the US vessels drifted after developing mechanical problems.
The US sailors are being held on Farsi Island in the Gulf, where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have a base.
The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation.
It came just hours before he delivered his final State of the Union address to Congress.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif upon learning of the incident.
The tension has rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of July’s landmark nuclear accord with Tehran, which Mr Kerry helped broker with Mr Zarif.
Tuesday’s incident follows Iran’s launch of a test rocket near US warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz in late December.
In March 2007, Iranian forces seized 15 British servicemen in the mouth of a waterway separating Iran and Iraq.
They were held for 13 days, in a diplomatic crisis that at time bordered on farce.