Saturday, March 24, 2007

Uh Oh....

Here's the Associated Press story from Jim Krane:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Naval forces of Iran's Revolutionary Guards captured 15 British sailors and marines at gunpoint Friday in the Persian Gulf - an audacious move coming during heightened tensions between the West and Iran.

U.S. and British officials said a boarding party from the frigate HMS Cornwall was seized about 10:30 a.m. during a routine inspection of a merchant ship inside Iraqi territorial waters near the disputed Shatt al-Arab waterway.

Iran's Foreign Ministry insisted the Britons were operating in Iranian waters.

A U.S. Navy official in Bahrain, Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl, said Iran's Revolutionary Guard naval forces were responsible and had broadcast a brief radio message saying the British party was not harmed.

This is not something we need at this time. I'll reserve comment until we learn more.



Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

The smartest thing the Iranian government could do is take charge of the captured Brits, return them with a muted apology and slap the IRG jerks in jail for a few days or weeks.

This would do wonders for Iranian leaders' image and send a signal to what amount to vigilante groups that they won't be allowed to conduct military and foreign policy.

But, since when have Mideast nations bothered to opt for the smartest thing?

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