Pentagon says Tehran to return 10 U.S. navy sailors held in Iran

Farsi Island

Two U.S. navy boats and their crews of 10 sailors were taken in by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy near Farsi Island, situated in the middle of the Persian Gulf. (Google/CBC)

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when U.S. officials lost contact with them.

“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said.

U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the middle of the Persian Gulf. They say it stemmed from some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats, causing them to run aground. The troops were picked up by Iran.

The semi-official Iranian 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 waters.

U.S. defence officials say the crew consists of nine men and one woman. (cbc.ca)

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