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John Kerry thanks ‘deal partner’ Iran for releasing US sailors

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By Doug Powers  •  January 13, 2016 07:52 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The latest news concerning the conduct of the Obama administration’s most “historic” deal partner Iran:

These are the 10 American sailors who were captured by Iran after being accused of snooping when their boats drifted into Iranian waters – but they have now been freed.

The country’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed in a statement on state television that they had been released just a day after they were detained.

The Pentagon lost contact with two small riverine vessels in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday afternoon when they were seized by the Islamic republic’s coast guard, just hours before President Obama made his last State of the Union address.

Wearing combat fatigues and no shoes, the sailors were pictured sitting on a carpet inside a bare room. A female sailor can be seen wearing a makeshift veil she was given by the captors to cover her head.

The release of the sailors is great news of course, but was an immediate quasi-apologetic thanking in order before it’s even fully known what happened?

Iran still reportedly has possession of the two boats, but a strongly-worded hashtag designed to get them returned is in development at the State Department.

The Secretary of Defense thanked John Kerry for thanking Iran:

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has welcomed the sailors’ release.

In a statement Wednesday, he thanked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his ‘diplomatic engagement’ on the issue.

Carter also said: ‘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.’

When the U.S. military provides assistance to foreign sailors in distress, do they release propaganda-style photos portraying them as prisoners (made to comply with local customs)?

In any case, James Taylor can stand down… for now.

But remember:

**Written by Doug Powers

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