21:36 GMT +323 February 2017
    This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran

    Iran Releases New Photos of Detained US Sailors Crying in Persian Gulf

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    Tehran has released provocative new photographs and video of the US sailors who were detained in the Persian Gulf hours before President Obama’s State of the Union Address last month, after they strayed into Iranian waters.

    The photos and video were aired on state television and shared to social media by Iranian reporters. Some of the images feature one of the sailors emotionally wiping away tears.

    The day of the incident, photos were released of the sailors on their knees with their hands on their heads. There has also been a video released of one of the detained men apologizing for crossing into the country’s water.

    "I’m appreciative for the quick and appropriate response of the Iranian authorities," Secretary of State John Kerry said of the treatment of the sailors. "All indications suggest or tell us that our sailors were well taken care of, provided with blankets and food and assisted with their return to the fleet earlier today."

    Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted a photo of the sailors with their hands on their heads, condemning Kerry’s statement. 

    President Barack Obama had also expressed gratitude for the treatment the sailors received, drawing much criticism from Republican leaders and presidential candidates.

    "By the way, I don’t know if you saw these images—they are really horrifying, and it really made me really angry this morning to see,” Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said at a campaign stop in South Carolina following the incident. “American sailors, on their knees, hands behind their head, a female sailor forced to wear a headscarf, penned up in a jail cell. You know why these things happen? Because they know they can get away with it with Barack Obama in office. They know they can humiliate us. Now, look, this is not what you do."

    The Obama administration has not yet responded to the newly released photos.


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      Its pretty obvious that Iran is exploiting an allergic reaction to their humus
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      Are the "hostages" shown on this video actors? Are they acting like hostages?

    • Baybarsin reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
      teddy j, Patriotism! A twisted patriotism adopted by a people who have grown up in a bubble.

      Your reply answers many of the previous comment questions about why anyone would join the U.S. military; patriotism that is blasted at American citizens every day in car advertisements, sporting events, public places. It is worse than North Korea!

      Oh yea, that and the fact that 25,000 to 35,000 skilled jobs vanish from the U.S. every MONTH leaving men and women with little else to do but join the military to support themselves.
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      artin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      Jg38691, you blew it. Iranians and Hummus?!
    • pin8in reply topin8(Show commentHide comment)
      .....civilized people out in a desert.

      ....they"Make a desert and call it peace" (Tacitus)

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      Where is the ISIS Commander, they were trying to smuggle in?
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      anne00mariein reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
      Zhukov, Why did they call him the singing canary?
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      anne00mariein reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      Jg38691, Do you remember how Hilary Clinton gloated at the death of Gaddafi? What did she say? Isn't she a Presidential Candidate?
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      anne00mariein reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
      teddy j, Wasn't the boat carrying somebody that the US valued, but was a diplomatic nightmare?

      CAPTURED US NAVY BOATS WERE CARRYING TOP ISIS LEADER, USS TRUMAN INTERVENED... geopolitics.co/2016/01/20/captured-us-navy-boats-were-carrying-top-isis-leader
    • Andreas Koppain reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
      teddy j,
      I respect your opinion but what I learned is that a soldier must never put himself in a position where he takes war personally. We are talking about soldiers, not terrorists, paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars. Soldiers are not the decision makers, they simply follow orders whose origin are in the high command. Soldiers should show respect to the enemy by adhering to the rules of war. Surrendering troops should be treated with respect and according to human rights using only the necessary energy to force surrender without any unnecesary injury. Once surrendered the prisoner must be treated with due respect and consideration. This is what I learned at the academy and the way I would like to be treated as a prisoner as well. Later the prisoner would be investigated an treated accordingly, but that's another story. Besides, those soldiers captured in Iran are not the same soldiers that tortured terrorists in Guantanamo. They were just soldiers in a mission.
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      teddy jin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, THAT is the answer to someone else's complaint about how the us soldiers were treated ''disrespectfully".
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      teddy jin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
      Andreas Koppa,

      Andreas --

      i have news for you --

      with due respect to YOUR training and academy ..

      the IRANIANS are THEIR own people -- they do not have to BOW to whatever standards or training you have of the west that has been at it -- colonizing the region where iranians are -

      who have had a civilization far, far older than any of your ''academies" and procedures can imagine.

      they do what they must do in their borders..YOUR -- or these americfans

      went there ''on a mission" of conquest - NO OTHER word abotu it.

      they were CAUGHT -- and shown the way out -- rather than INDEFINITELY ''renditioned" like the USA does -- for all its ''academies" - and ''noble way of war" nonsense --

      and if iran USES it for propaganda purposes THAT is iran's business -- no less than the USA has sanctioned and to iranians -- humiliated THEM - as if they were some recalcitrant school boy that has to be ''disciplined" by uncle sam.

      so -- this ''respect among and for prisoners of war soldiers only doing their mission"

      just DOESN'T HOLD WATER.
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      Zhukovin reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
      teddy j, There is much of truth to your position. Many Americans are long term brainwashed by the corrupt western media.
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      teddy jin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
      Zhukov, i know americans ver well.

      i am among them..
      they are quite normally MYSTIFIED as if they heard something so ABNORMAL if they overhear anyone talk about what's really going on outside america -- and how the world perceives america from the standpoint of those countries having felt america's "' good guy-ness "..

      that it's NOT a nice experience for other peoples..

      americans are SURPRISED and even offended by that..

      and more often than not -- if they are somehow forced to a litany of the offenses of america on others for decades and decades -- contrary to everything they believed in -- AND they have NO defense on it - because they KNOW it is true , finally --

      they have a FALL-BACK position to erase all the ''bad news" about their own ''good guyness"

      and that is:

      "but............this is still the best country to live in"..

      AS IF that was a relevant matter to what they JUST heard....

      IT'S LIKE trying to teach a person with an IQ so low -- you just realize and accept -- he or she is UNTEACHABLE.
    • I wonder if it is every appropriate to humiliate our fellow human beings? What is the purpose, after all? Do the Iranians want to be seen as like the Israelis? How about the American prison guards who humiliated all those "black site" torture victims etc? Personally, our mediocrity and animalistic tendencies prove to God, how unworthy we all are of redemption. All this proves to me, we cannot be trusted to be good most of the time. This is sad, because I know so many really good Russians, Americans, Iranians, Israelis, and Germans etc.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
      Andreas Koppa,

      What is your opinion of US and British soldiers who videoed themselves urinating over the bodies of Talliban fighters ?
    • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Phil Butler,

      I would tend to agree with you but in my opinion there is a world of difference in publishing a photo of a US serviceman who has not been injured wiping away his tears and the US abuse of captives in Guantanamo , Abu Graib etc. They may even have been tears of frustration, only he knows.
    • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Agreed, impropriety by degrees. Like anybody else, given my country's governmental lunacy since forever, it is logical to assume the world gets sick and tired. My point is, how can the Israelis whine about Nazi atrocities, and then slaughter innocents? How can we allow Kiev to murder Donbass kids? What is the answer? The answer is not easy, but it is simple. Clinical justice, being good enough to win when then others cheat. Personally, I do not care for winning, if I lose my humanity in the balance. I applaud my enemies, and crush them.
    • Victor S
      This was very bad for Iran. Whatever the reason for the behaviour of US sailors, why would you stoop so low and laugh at someone's suffering? A lot of good people got behind Iran lately for everything they are doing for Syria, but this one thing can easily turn their backs to Iran. I for sure lost a lot of respect for them. You can blame someone for evil all you want, hate America, etc, but if you're behaving no different in a similar situation, then what makes you so special, or better than US? Let's say USA is responsible for so much evil in the world, but can you honestly say if other country got the "absolute" power, they would act better? What if it would be much worse? What if absolute power does corrupt absolutely? Wasn't Iran once a mighty Persian Empire? What caused it's demise? The only "Empire" that i know of that still stands and possibly survived the longest in known history, is Russia. Why is that? Is it possible that in spite of their many mistakes, they did more good than evil, and whole nations took refugee in Russia, unlike individuals in others, and they never tried to live at the expense of others, colonizing everything they could? Iran should learn from Russia, and from Vladimir Putin and his circle specifically, who i doubt would be laughing in a similar situation. Shame on you Iran! You just showed to the rest of the world, that you're not that much different from US, "evil" Americans!
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