It was reported early on January 12 that two American Navy vessels had been captured by Iranian forces and that 10 sailors were being held prisoner: http://anonhq.com/iran-takes-two-navy-vessels-and-10-americans-into-custody-in-iranian-waters/
Multiple sources covering the story at the time went on to post pictures of destroyers and battleships along side the headline “2 Navy Vessels Captures By Iranian Forces”. If this was not outright propaganda it was at the very least what we like to call click bait. In reality the two ships that were captured are called riverine command boats – small relatively fast moving water craft. You can read detailed description of what these boats are and their capabilities here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/news/a18959/rcb-us-navy-boats-iran/
Less than 24 hours after being captured all 10 of the soldiers were released peacefully and without incident. We are happy to report they are safely back in United States custody: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/13/462888479/iran-releases-10-u-s-navy-sailors-after-detaining-them-overnight
The quick release of these sailors has been recognized as a direct benefit of the new diplomatic relationship with Iran established by the nuclear agreement negotiated between Tehran, the United States and five other nations this past July. Coincidentally enough this agreement will be going into full effect this coming weekend, ending the oil and financial sanctions imposed on Iran over the the last 40 years. This agreement also gives Iran access to around 100 billion dollars in previously frozen funds.
In exchange Iran has agreed to end its nuclear bomb ambitions and has already exported nearly 95% of the countries uranium supply to Russia for processing in accordance with the agreement. You can read more about this here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/13/462917662/iran-tells-kerry-it-is-dismantling-destroying-a-key-nuclear-component
As you can see resolving this dispute quickly, efficiently and most importantly peacefully was in the best interest of both the United States and Iran. The events in Iran this week are a great success for international diplomacy as we enter into a new world of international business relations and politics. Let us hope it sets a new standard for international relations as we continue to move forward.
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