US sailors being apprehended by Iran's Revolutionary Guards after investigations showed their patrol boats had entered Iranian waters unintentionally © Iran's revolutionary guards website / AFP
Washington Times: Navy commander surrendered to Iran to protect Obama’s nuclear deal
The Navy commander in charge of a pair of patrol boats captured by Iranian forces in January opted to surrender rather than fight back, citing later fears that a confrontation could endanger the Obama administration’s efforts to lock in a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program.
In an interview with investigators looking into the January incident, the commander said he surrendered the vessels after calculating that his sailors would not be in danger because Iran “wants this nuke deal to go through.”
The interview was one of several stunning revelations in the often scathing 170-page report compiled by Navy investigators, chronicling the chain of events that led to the apprehension and detention of the 10 American sailors by the Iranian military after a pair of U.S. patrol boats drifted into the country’s sovereign waters in the Persian Gulf.
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WNU Editor: This Navy commander's name has been redacted from the report .... but I would like to know if he is one of the officers that has been disciplined. The US Navy report is here .... Document: U.S. Navy Investigation into Farsi Island Incident (USNI News)