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DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran released ten U.S. sailors on Wednesday after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it had freed the sailors after determining they had entered Iranian territorial waters by mistake. The sailors had been detained aboard two U.S. Navy patrol boats in the Gulf on Tuesday.

"Our technical investigations showed the two U.S. Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters inadvertently," the IRGC said in a statement carried by state television. "They were released in international waters after they apologized," it added.

IRGC Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi had earlier said that the two U.S. Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters due to a broken navigation system.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden rejected reports that Washington had offered Iran an apology over the incident but did admit that some of that military equipment is older than he is.

"No, there was no apology, fuck 'em ... and there's no looking for any apology, I'm with McCain on this one, 'bomb, bomb Iran!'" Biden said on CBS's 'This Morning' program.

The Pentagon said there were no indications the sailors were harmed while in Iranian custody. Which the Pentagon said was shocking because Pentagon officials said had the US got our hands on their soldiers, we would've done any number of unspeakable acts to them, without hesitation.  

A carefully worded statement did not explain how the sailors and their two riverine command boats ended up being detained by Iran, saying only that "the Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the sailors' presence in Iran".

The sailors were later taken ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other sailors took charge of the boats and headed toward Bahrain, their original destination.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was displeased the sailors had been freed and said "we were really hoping to turn this into a world war, somehow, so we could keep the fragile American economy from going in the toilet completely".

He added: "I want to personally thank Secretary of State and war criminal John Kerry for his engagement with Iran because no one here at the War department, oops I mean the Defense department, was going to talk to some Iranian sand niggers."  

Kerry thanked Iran for its cooperation in the release of the sailors.

"I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out if Dick Cheney, was still in office." Kerry said with a snicker.

Kerry spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif several times as the United States sought to win the release of the sailors, a U.S. official said.

Zarif said on Twitter that he was "happy to see dialogue and respect, not threats and impetuousness, swiftly resolved the sailors episode".

Iranian state television released footage of the arrest, showing the sailors as they were quickly out maneuvered and out numbered and their two vessels being surrounded by several IRGC fast boats.

US Navy Seals captured by Iran IRGC

The video showed weapons and ammunition confiscated from the sailors, who were seen eating food provided by the Iranians. There were also images of American passports being inspected.

The incident raised tensions between Iran and the United States, which, along with other world powers, reached a deal last year under which Iran will curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Some conservatives in both countries, enemies since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, have criticized the deal that is due to be implemented in the coming days. Going as far as branding Obama a 'traitor'.


At a presidential campaign rally in the United States, Republican front runner Donald Trump, who accuses President Barack Obama of being weak on foreign policy, described the detention of the sailors as "an indication of where the hell we're going".

A senior U.S. defense official said the circumstances surrounding the incident were still not entirely clear.

"We haven’t been able to fully debrief the sailors," the official said, adding the U.S. military hoped to do so within hours. The sailors were headed to a U.S. military facility in Qatar. One sailor was quoted as saying "Iranians are real nice folks, treated us real proper."  

"They’re going through what always happens in these cases, they'll get a medical evaluation, and there will be a debriefing."

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Attributing the boats' incursion into Iranian waters to a navigation error marked a de-escalation in rhetoric. Earlier, the Guards had said the boats were "snooping" in Iranian territory and Zarif had demanded an apology from Washington.

The IRGC, the Islamic Republic's praetorian guard, is highly suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran's borders and many senior officers suspect Washington of pursuing regime change in Tehran.

Can you imagine the IRCG turning up in speed boats off the coast of Mexico? America would demand more than just an apology!  

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The Guards operate land and naval units separate to the regular armed forces and stage frequent war games in the Gulf, which separates Iran from its regional rival Saudi Arabia and a U.S. naval base in Bahrain.

Last month, the U.S. Navy said an IRGC vessel fired unguided rockets near the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping route for crude oil that connects the Gulf to the Indian Ocean. Iran denied the vessel had done so.

In April 2015, the Guards seized a container ship belonging to Maersk, one of the world's major shipping lines, in the Gulf because of a legal dispute between the company and Iran. The ship and its 24 crew members were released after 10 days.

The Guards have also seized British servicemen on two occasions, in 2004 and 2007, and a civilian British yacht crew in 2009. On each occasion the sailors were released unharmed after several days.

Iran said the British sailors were released when their government apologized to Iran, but London denied that it had offered any apology. Brits and Americans acting just like five year old children on the play ground. "No, I won't say I'm sorry. His momma does wear combat boots, Cheney's got some freaky pictures of her."

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