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SHOWDOWN IN THE PERSIAN GULF: Iran Naval Vessels Seize 15 British Servicemen in IraqMarch 23, 2007 5:30 AM
“It is stupid because it is an assault on the UK and EU - not the US. Therefore there will be little media or liberal sympathy. It was in Iraqi waters, which is the equivalent of an invasion on land over a border and capturing soldiers.” (Strata-Sphere)
“Doin’ what Iran does best: taking hostages.” (Allahpundit @ HotAir)
Fifteen British sailors and Marines are being held by Iranian forces. They were taking part in a routine operation boarding merchant ships in Iraqi territorial waters when they were seized by Iranian naval vessels. The sailors and Marines had completed a successful inspection of one ship when the group and their two boats were surrounded. They were then escorted by Iranian vessels into its territorial waters.” (Sky News)