US Sailors Made Navigational Error

US Sailors Made Navigational Error

The 10 US sailors briefly held by Iran before being released on Wednesday made a navigational mistake that led them into Iranian waters, the US military said on Thursday. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the information came from debriefings of the sailors, who were flown on Wednesday to a US military facility in Qatar after Iran released them along with their two riverine boats.  “The information that they have given us and through their commanders is that they did stray accidentally into Iranian waters due to a navigation error,” Carter said in an interview with FUSION television. Carter’s comments were the most detailed so far from American officials on the incident, which rattled nerves just before the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Diplomats in Washington and Tehran, through a series of phone calls, sought to resolve the incident quickly, ensuring it did not torpedo the nuclear accord. In the end, Iran released the US sailors on Wednesday, a day after they were detained.


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