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Iran Releases 10 Navy Sailors Held After Drifting Into Iranian Waters

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Iran Releases 10 Navy Sailors Held After Drifting Into Iranian Waters

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has released 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were being held after their boats are said to have drifted into Iranian waters on a journey from Kuwait to Bahrain Tuesday.

“Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran. There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention,” according to a statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office.

“The Sailors departed Farsi Island at at 8:43 a.m. GMT, aboard the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB) that they had been operating when they lost contact with the U.S. Navy. The Sailors were later transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other Sailors took charge of the RCBs and continued transiting toward Bahrain, the boats’ original destination. The Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the Sailors’ presence in Iran,” the statement added.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, “I’m very pleased that our Sailors have been safely returned to U.S. hands. As a former Sailor myself, I know the importance of naval presence around the world and the critical work being done by our Navy in the Gulf region. I’m proud of our young men and women in uniform and know how seriously they take their responsibilities to one another and to other mariners in distress.”

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for U.S. Fifth Fleet, told ABC News the sailors were recovered aboard Navy cruiser USS Anzio, which was in international waters, just outside Iranian territorial waters. Once on board, they were given an initial medical evaluation and were flown to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. They will receive additional assessments on board before being taken ashore to a facility in the region, although that may not be Bahrain.

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The sailors are now undergoing the reintegration process set up by Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, Stephens said, adding that “the first concern was the sailors, the second is ensuring they get the best care they can get and successfully reintegrate into the force, and third is understanding the circumstances of the incident.”

It’s believed the incident occurred when one of the two small U.S. Navy boats had mechanical problems and that both of the boats may have drifted into the Iranian waters, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

The craft were supposed to have been refueled by another U.S. Navy ship in the Gulf so it could complete the journey from Kuwait to Bahrain, the U.S. official said Tuesday, but never made it to the refueling craft.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement, saying, “I am pleased that ten U.S. Navy sailors have departed Iran and are now back in U.S. hands. I want to personally thank Secretary of State John Kerry for his diplomatic engagement with Iran to secure our sailors’ swift return. Around the world, the U.S. Navy routinely provides assistance to foreign sailors in distress, and we appreciate the timely way in which this situation was resolved.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said the U.S. military vessels were carrying armed personnel when they entered Iran’s waters and were seized by IRGC naval units, according to Iranian media. The vessels were then transferred to Farsi Island.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.





Obama: Gun Control. What are your thoughts?

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the White House in January about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

It was barely a month into President Obama’s presidency when his then attorney general, Eric Holder, figured it was time to raise a touchy, but important, subject — the proliferation of high-powered guns.

The administration would soon be pushing to reinstate a ban on so-called assault weapons, Holder told reporters at a Feb. 27, 2009, press conference announcing charges against members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel — the vicious criminal syndicate, headed by then fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, that was amassing an arsenal of weapons from U.S. gun dealers in border states.

After all, Holder noted, “it is something the president talked about during the campaign.”

The AG, it turned out, was off message. No sooner did he speak those words than a stern directive came down from White House aides under orders from then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. “They told him to shut up,” recalled one former senior administration official who was privy to communications between the White House and the Justice Department. “The message was ‘Don’t talk about guns.’ It was pretty clear and direct. There wasn’t a lot of nuance there.”

The now largely forgotten incident underscores the dramatic evolution in President Obama’s approach to gun violence. Tonight, Obama will give his last State of the Union address and will highlight his renewed commitment to enacting “common sense” gun control measures, leaving open an empty seat in the gallery as a symbol of Americans killed by gun violence. It is a subject that the president has spoken about with uncommon passion in recent days: He denounced what he called “the gun lobby’s lies” during a televised forum on the subject. He welled up with tears as he announced new executive actions he was planning to require more extensive background checks and other steps aimed at curbing a “national crisis” of gun shootings.

President Barack Obama with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office. (Photo: Pete Souza/The White House) 

But in the early days of his presidency, the entire subject was off-limits inside the White House — a stark example of how politics and circumstances can shape, and reshape, presidential agendas. At the time, gun control was viewed by Emanuel and other senior aides as an unwelcome distraction from Obama’s more pressing priorities — winning passage of an economic stimulus bill and health care reform. Pushing gun control measures, they feared, would rile up the powerful National Rifle Association and endanger rural “blue dog” Democrats whose support was crucial to the White House.

“The Democratic Party understands this is a losing issue … it’s a dead loser,” then Rep. Dan Boren, an Oklahoma Democrat who had just been elected to the NRA board, told Newsweek magazine at the time.

After Holder made his unwelcome remarks, Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who was crucial to the White House’s efforts to win passage of health care reform, issued a terse press release: “Senators to Attorney General: Stay Away from Our Guns,” it read, in part.

The issue soon became even more toxic after federal gun agents, working closely with the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona, launched an undercover operation aimed at tracking “straw buyers” for the Mexican drug cartels who were illegally buying AR-15 and other assault rifles from U.S. gun dealers. Code-named “Fast and Furious,” the plan turned into a law enforcement fiasco: Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) lost track of hundreds of the weapons and one was later linked to the death of a U.S. border patrol agent. Republicans in Congress launched investigations, claiming Fast and Furious was part of a White House “conspiracy” to build support for gun control. They subpoenaed documents from Justice and, when he failed to turn them over, voted to hold Holder in contempt.

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