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    British Saliors Detained by Iranian Forces

    Britain says 15 sailors detained by Iranian forces in Iraqi waters



    By Robert Barr
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    6:15 a.m. March 23, 2007
    LONDON – Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a ship suspected of smuggling cars in the Persian Gulf off the Iraqi coast on Friday, officials said.
    The British government demanded “the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment.”

    The British Navy personnel were “engaged in routine boarding operations of merchant shipping in Iraqi territorial waters,” and had completed a ship inspection when they were accosted by Iranian vessels, Britain's Defense Ministry said.
    “We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level and ... the Iranian ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office,” the ministry said.

    The seizure comes at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West, which accuses the Islamic republic of violating a U.N. calls for it to halt uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program for inspection. It also comes amid U.S. accusations that Iran is funding and arming Shiite militias in Iraq, worsening sectarian tensions there.

    The United States, Britain's chief ally, has built up its naval forces in the Gulf in a show of strength directed at Iran. Two American carriers, including the USS John C. Stennis – backed by a strike group with more than 6,500 sailors and Marines and with additional minesweeping ships – arrived in the region in recent months, ratcheting up tensions with Iran.

    A Pentagon official said the Britons were in two inflatable boats from the frigate H.M.S. Cornwall during a routine smuggling investigation, said the official, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the incident.

    He said the confrontation happened as the British contingent was traveling along the boundary of territorial waters between Iran and Iraq. They were detained by the Revolutionary Guard's navy after inspecting a merchant ship believed to be smuggling cars, he said.

    A fisherman who said he was with a group of Iraqis from the southern city of Basra fishing in Iraqi waters in the northern area of the Gulf said he saw the Iranian seizure. The fisherman declined to be identified because of security concerns.

    “Two boats, each with a crew of six to eight multinational forces, were searching Iraqi and Iranian boats Friday morning in Ras al-Beesha area in the northern entrance of the Arab Gulf, but big Iranian boats came and took the two boats with their crews to the Iranian waters.”

    In June 2004, six British marines and two sailors were seized by Iran in the Shatt al-Arab between Iran and Iraq. They were presented blindfolded on Iranian television and admitted entering Iranian waters illegally, then released unharmed after three days.
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    It's a shame we have the wanker Blair in charge. Maggie Thatcher would have got them back by now!
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    Iran is just begging for a confrontation, and I wonder why?? What reasonable explanation could they have for one??




    wooooops, I forgot they aren't reasonable. What was I thinking??
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    This isn't good... Unless Iran backs down quickly, I vote for a replay of Shock & Awe.

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    Their pres will be here tomorrow, lets just arrange a trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg3533 View Post
    Iran is just begging for a confrontation, and I wonder why?? What reasonable explanation could they have for one??




    wooooops, I forgot they aren't reasonable. What was I thinking??
    Have their been comments made about 'emboldening our enemies' by any public figures lately? Hmm.. let me think... BUSH?

    Given the fact that even our own dear Congress here is voting to get the hell of the region, our media is treating our presence in the area like WE are under siege, and the usual liberal jibberish has turned into a veritable sedition, it is no wonder that the Iranians are looking to make a grandstand play...

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    just the tip of the iceberg. i'm sure there is more to come. with the democraps in power (a bunce of pantie waist faggots) they will gut the military and the don't have the balls to do what needs to be done. our enemies knowthe weakness a will strike. hugs and warm fuzzies don't work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42 View Post
    It's a shame we have the wanker Blair in charge. Maggie Thatcher would have got them back by now!

    + 1....... but thankfully he wont be in charge for much longer!
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    I may have been young when Ms. Thatcher held the office, but I loved the way that she handled things... No nonsense, efficient, friendly when she was treated properly, but you make the mistake of messing with her or England and you were dead where you stood with a couple of S.A.S. troopers looking down at your cooling corpse and shaking their heads. Hard but fair... Always loved Maggie. Yeah, I know, I was a kid, but I understood what was going on.
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