Iran Frees 10 US Navy Sailors, Calls for US Apology

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The 10 U.S. soldiers held in Iran have been released. A U.S. official said all 10 American sailors captured by Iran are now on-board the USS Anzio getting initial medical checks.

The sailors were captured Tuesday after their US Navy boats entered Iranian waters; an Iranian spokesman claimed navigation system errors sent the crew off course near an Iranian island. “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. The Navy is investigating.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency did not use the word ‘capture,’ reporting instead that the boats were ‘rescued’ by Iranian navy sailors

US Sailors detained in Iran.

US Sailors detained in Iran.

The sailors, nine men and one woman, were on two boats sailing from Kuwait to Bahrain. They interrogated Wednesday morning to make sure they weren’t on a spy mission.

Once released from Iran and back on their boats, the sailors were escorted by Iranian boats to an international waters rendezvous point in the Persian Gulf and were transferred to the USS Anzio, an official said.