Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters with mechanical problems. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing but American officials said Tehran has assured them that the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly.The sailors were expected to be transferred to U.S. custody Wednesday morning local time.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.
Let’s hope the Iranians stick to that assurance. Though, I think they will. Too much being obnoxious on this, and even Obama would receive pressure to reinstate sanctions. And Iran desperately wants those billions and billions of assets frozen since 1979.
From what I’ve heard, the IRGC tends to be the pugnacious force, while the regular Iranian navy is somewhat more professional in interactions with other fleets.