15 British Sailors Captured By Iran

by Infidelesto on March 23, 2007 · 4 comments

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Iran has taken 15 British sailors hostage claiming they were in international waters.

Iran says it took 15 British servicemen hostage at gunpoint because they had crossed into Iranian waters.

The eight Royal Navy sailors and seven Marines were seized by Iranian troops while carrying out a routine inspection in what the British say were Iraqi waters.

According to reports on Iran state television, the British envoy has been summoned to the foreign ministry in Iran to discuss the “illegal entry into Iranian waters of military personnel”.

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has asked Iran for “a full explanation” for the detention of the British servicemen and demanded their “immediate and safe return”.

They were taking part in a routine operation boarding merchant ships when they were taken captive by Iranian naval vessels.

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  • rickh

    As a US vet, I’m confussed regarding the 15 taken by Iran. Are those men and women from the UK or France? What ever happened to the concept of just giving name, rank and serial number. They are an insult to general military behavior. To think we have them guarding our southern flank, and Pelosi in Syria. We are in deep shit!

    • I_am_ANGLO SAXON

      Explain the 2nd part of your comments please chum.

  • Ray

    amen to that. If they are repeating the same stunt they did not to long ago. Then why can't we turn the tables on them. draw them out into the International waters thinking they are going to snare our inspection crews and suddenly surround them and take them prisoners. Wala. Turn about is fair play and all is fair in love and..At least we have bargaining power for safe conduct.

  • Ray

    amen to that. If they are repeating the same stunt they did not to long ago. Then why can't we turn the tables on them. draw them out into the International waters thinking they are going to snare our inspection crews and suddenly surround them and take them prisoners. Wala. Turn about is fair play and all is fair in love and..At least we have bargaining power for safe conduct.