Iran briefly detains US soldiers

Iranian authorities detained two boats carrying four US soldiers and five civilians from an oil terminal in the Arabian Gulf on Monday before releasing them, US defence officials said.

    The boats were spotted by a
    Chinook helicopter on Monday

    The soldiers and three civilians, including an oil contractor, were released but two civilian boat drivers remained in detention, said a spokesman for Central Command.

    He had no information on the nationalities of the captains of the two boats or the detained drivers.

    A US defence official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said they were detained in Iranian waters although the circumstances were unclear. Other officials said they were detained in the Shatt Al-Arab waterway.

    Officials said the contractor was an employee of US company Kellog, Brown and Root while the soldiers were providing security.

    Earlier on Monday the US Navy’s Bahrain-based maritime liason office said in a statement that two small civilian boats carrying the soldiers and civilians had disappeared in northern Gulf waters on Sunday.

    The boats were on their way to Iraq’s only deep-water port Faw to pick up Iraqi oil company workers.

    An investigation is underway into the incident to establish why the boats strayed into Iranian waters.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.