The following is an excerpt from Foxnews.com | January 12, 2016 |
As many as 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained -- at least temporarily -- on Tuesday by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces when one of their boats became disabled.
Pentagon officials said the incident occurred near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. They said one of their two small boats had mechanical trouble, causing one or both to run aground. The sailors were then picked up by Iran and taken to the island. But it's unclear where they are now.
The boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain at the time, and the Pentagon briefly lost contact with the crews.
A senior Obama administration official told Fox News that Iranian authorities have assured the United States of the sailors' “safety and well-being” and said they “will promptly be allowed to continue their journey.”
The semi-official Iranian news agency, FARS, said the the sailors were trespassing in Iranian waters.
The incident comes amid heightened tensions with Iran, and only hours before President Obama is set to deliver his final State of the Union address to Congress and the public.
It set off a dramatic series of calls and meetings as U.S. officials tried to determine the exact status of the crew and reach out to Iranian leaders.
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