10 detained U.S. sailors freed, according to Iranian reports

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(January 13, 2016) – The 10 U.S. soldiers detained in Iran have been released, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Wednesday. There was no confirmation from the U.S. side.

The sailors were taken into Iranian custody Tuesday after two small U.S. naval craft apparently briefly entered Iranian territorial waters, a U.S. senior defense official said Tuesday.

Officials allegedly interrogated them to see whether they “entered Iranian waters intentionally on an intelligence mission,” the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps said, according to the state-run Press TV.

And Iran’s foreign minister called for the United States to apologize for the “encroachment” of American vessels into Iranian territorial waters, state-run media reported, citing a top Iranian navy commander.

U.S. officials have not confirmed what caused two American naval ships to enter Iranian waters near Farsi Island.

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