BREAKING: So Much for Obama’s appeasement approach toward Iran. Two small U.S. naval vessels containing 10 U.S. Military service members were traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. Navy lost contact with the vessels after the Iranian Navy intercepted the two boats and detained the sailors.
Early reports are the U.S. Navy members are in good health and negotiations are underway to secure their release. The incident took place near Farsi Island. Secretary of State John Kerry called his Iranian counterpart to try to resolve the matter. The Iranian government has initially refused to release our soldiers – they will not be released tonight.
Here’s an image of what type of vessels the U.S. military were using. Riverine Boats:
AP Has Outline – […] Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.
U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the Persian Gulf. They said that some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to run aground and they were picked up by Iran. The sailors were in Iranian custody on Farsi Island at least for some time, but it’s not certain where they are now.
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.
“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said. (read more)