The Pentagon reported today that two U.S. Navy boats were taken into Iranian custody around noon EST. Approximately ten U.S. crew members were on board. American officials have received assurances from Iran that the crew and the boats will be returned safely and without delay.
The boats were on a training mission, and moving between Kuwait and Bahrain, near Farsi Island, when the United States lost contact with them. It appears one of the boats began experiencing mechanical trouble, which caused the boats to run aground.
The troops were then picked up by Iran’s coast guard. It is unclear whether the boats had strayed into Iranian territorial waters when the crew was captured.
Immediately after hearing about the incident, Secretary of State John Kerry called Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in an attempt to gain the
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