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US Sailors 'Were Crying' When Captured by Iranian Troops IRGC Commander

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US marines released from the Iranian custody Wednesday were crying when the country’s servicemen detained them for illegally crossing into territorial waters aboard two boats, the nation’s top commander claims.

The revelation came from the deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami on the same day the state’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif held talks with his American counterpart John Kerry on lifting anti-Tehran sanctions, Fars News Agency reported.

"The marines were crying when they were being captured, but they later felt better after the IRGC forces treated them with kindness," he said.

Ten American marines were captivated by Iranian naval forces on Tuesday after they illegally drifted into state-controlled waters in the Persian Gulf aboard two US boats.

Salami noted that after the incident, US politicians were asking their Iranian counterparts to free the detainees in a series of phone calls.

“The Americans humbly admitted our might and power, and we freed the marines after being assured that they had entered the Iranian waters unintentionally and we even returned their weapons.”

IRGC’s naval commander General Ali Fadavi unveiled on Wednesday that the situation could have gone in a drastically different direction, stressing that Iranian missiles were locked on a US aircraft carrier deployed in the Persian Gulf after the accident happened.

Fadavi explained that as Iran prepared to open fire as the USS Truman aircraft carrier engaged in “unprofessional moves” for 40 minutes, potentially provoking a response. At that moment, Iranian forces could have inflicted the US with “such a catastrophe that they had never experienced all throughout the history.”

“We were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities,” Fadavi stressed, adding Iran would win any battle with the US in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

In the aftermath of the release of the American captives, John Kerry expressed his gratitude to Iran for quickly resolving the crisis.

“That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong,” Kerry said.

Tehran officials have repeatedly claimed the US apologized for the incident, despite Washington denying they made such a gesture.

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  • Ann in reply tofj9191004(Show commentHide comment)
    fj9191004, We don't need people like you in a civil society. Put your little ego away, the big boys are playing.
  • artin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, you mean Abu Ghraib; yes, I remember. I also remember General Schwarzkopf made many lacerting comments about Iraqis and Sadam Husain during first Iraq war. By his comments back then I knew he was just a thug not a properly trained military commander. As later it leaked out that Saddam had actually agreed to pull his troops out of Kuwait and Schwarzkopf had prommised him safe retreat. But when the columns of Iraqi forces came out to the open, he razed them with depleted Uranium, massacring the entire Iraqi army in Kuwait on what became known as Death Road. This dastardly act was sold to people as forcing Iraqis out of Kuwait.

    Non of these is a good reason for subverting your own principles. "Revolutionary Guards" are not trained as regular army staff and may not follow the same diciplines. But bad behavior can degrade a commander's standing in the eyes of his own subordinates.
  • Bob Hofererin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, You are SOOOO right on. And sadly it is all the TRUTH!!!
  • Bob Hofererin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, MAN, you are good. Keep up the good work. I'm PROUD to converse with people like you.
  • Zhukovin reply tofj9191004(Show commentHide comment)
    fj9191004, The is no "we" unless you are part of those engaged in the fighting. If the maniacs of the US Deep State hit Iran from Iran's border, WWIII will begin.
  • ivanwa88
    They were sacrificial lambs sent to an Iranian BBQ except Iran refused the meat as it wasn't feed properly. Correction those tears were tears of joy! that Iran did not take the bait. Expect 80% of that crew to leave Navy asap double smart and smiling. They would rather sleep on streets than be party to McCains Navy provocations.
  • armorin reply tofj9191004(Show commentHide comment)
    fj9191004, dear fellow reader, what you've just written is PRESISELY what I complain about N.A. : their arrogance, their self-assurance (of their 'superiority', in everything). No, time has already arrived for them to be humble.....I will repeat that word again, and stop being bullies, and act superior. They may well have a few more years of power before them, then , that's it. They will be relegated to 2nd or 3rd position. And they won't be THAT unhappy. Finally, the Us of NA can 'decide' to go into Iran or any one's country to do a quick job of demolishing centuries of History, culture, traditions, families properties etc.....
    Us of NA WHEN will you understand??? Slow down, calm, down, purify your country of all those laws which make you a Unworthy of leadership.... There is still some Hope, N.A. I suffer for your good people out there, not knowing what the hell is happening.
  • armor
    N.A. do you realize what you have done ?
  • marcanhalt
    The power of the propaganda that the Obama Administration has been spreading among the military recruits in this country is abominable. Obama's trip to the Air Force Academy a couple years ago to promote the idea to "be prepared to go to war with China and you will be given that chance" was another wrong message offered up by the Nobel Peace Prize winner. And to prepare for that war with China, these same enlisted pilots have been practicing in Syria by bombing ruined buildings, infrastructures and sand dunes. These were recruits who were in wolves clothing and when confronted by real patriots, they lost their nerves. There was no cockiness left in them and I am sure the trip back home would be a sobering one that their superiors will want to keep away from other new recruits. For sure, these ten will not be back in the Persian Gulf in the same capacity any time soon.
  • Athanasios
    If an army officer named Salami captured you, I think you'd be crying too.
  • sophm0e38
    I'm outraged that Iran hasn't uploaded the 'crying US marines' footage for perusal. Having watched footage of US treatment of ordinary Germans, attacked for being on German soil but apparently too close to one of their many bases, these marines got off lightly.
  • choticastile
    Perhaps its not correct to come down hard on these marines -- Jeez these guys must've been so brainwashed by the US military about Iran and what a cruel nation it is, that its possible for starters, that they were expecting the worst -- even torture! While the whole thing rather looks like it could have been stage managed by the top -- don't think the marines knew about it at all -- maybe only their commander. Maybe just to give McPain a shot in the eye, so that he looks the fool everyone knows him for. Maybe too, these marines, like many US military, navy and air force guys, are no longer serving out their duty, as happy as they once were -- rather its guaranteed they have no respect for their US CIC, but they have to put bread and butter on the table. Possibly when it was "organized" without their knowledge that they drift into Iranian waters, the marines considered themselves in big sh1t, especially because of the critical date it happened. I think it is particularly small minded and horrific to make these guys out as sops and to humiliate them in any way.
  • choticastilein reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, Agree with you -- these marines were set up and probably when they return, they'll be fired without the world ever hearing what really happened. No qualms about these Jimmy's and how their futures were being messed up. Makes me furious, that they should be subjected to humiliation they most definitely don't deserve. Two years ago, the US was actually desperate to try and get recruits as young guys simply had no appetite for joining the US forces anymore. What does that tell one -- when they have to pass a litmus test, that if push comes to shove and they'd have to shoot their own citizens, they'd just up and do it?? No stinking PTB in the US are wicked as they come, but why hit on ordinary Americans serving their country, when at least since 2008, with unemployment at an all time high since then, joining the military, navy or air force, was the only way to get a permanent, reasonably well paid job.
  • m.keymarzi
    Hello Everyone, this news is true iran captured 9man sailors and 1 woman but i saw a BIG Lie in other wesite and that Big lie is this ---> Iran’s Capture of a Female American Sailor Reveals Feminism’s Foolish Double Standard
    Read more Lie at: www.nationalreview.com/article/429747/iran-captures-female-american-sailor-feminist-reaction
    just compare these 2 link it ill be realy funny for u---> above link and this link: www.gettyimages.nl/detail/nieuwsfoto's/female-marines-rest-following-a-10-kilometer-training-nieuwsfotos/162393805
  • ivanwa88
    One of the main reasons the unemployment is kept so high is to positively effect recruitment into US forces at a time when no one wants to serve a war machine that targets and kills innocent women and children, and they know it! So many vets out there circulating the truth is starting to really hurt recruitment. Those poor sods were reacting to the shear futility that is US today. No hope No future join uncle Sam! Biggest story I believe is the commander of the support carrier aborted aggressive manoeuvre's when Sunburn missile locked on. Not sure he was authorised to abort, the guy is a true patriot and a hero! good on ya mate!
  • Andreas Koppa
    Crying? Hmmm... I want to see a picture first. Neither one was crying in the pics and videos published or did I miss something?
  • Ann in reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art, Agreed.
  • Ann in reply toBob Hoferer(Show commentHide comment)
    Bob Hoferer, right back at ya there, Bob. I come to this site because the comments are superb.
  • ozcanerdonmezin reply tofj9191004(Show commentHide comment)
    fj9191004,

    Iranians are way too tough and patriotic for you cowardly Americans. You wouldn't stand a chance.
  • jerstefin reply tofj9191004(Show commentHide comment)
    fj9191004fj9191004fj9191004,
    Thank God they didn`t end up in Macedonia.
    www.irishtimes.com/news/british-troops-no-match-for-waiters-1.162985
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