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U.S. Sailors Detained by Iranian Navy Released: IRGC
   2016-01-13 21:01:02    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

A handout file picture made available by the US Navy on 13 January 2016 shows Riverine command boats from Riverine Detachment 23 operating with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) (not pictured) during a maritime air support operations center in the Arabian sea, at sea, on 12 June 2012. [Photo: Imagine China]

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has released detained U.S. sailors, according to a statement broadcast on the state television.

Earlier, Navy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard General Ali Fadavi said that investigations had shown that the sailors entered Iran's territorial waters due to their navigation system's failure.

"We have concluded that passage of Americans in our territorial waters was not a hostile passage or for espionage or similar acts. They were positioned in that area due to failure in their navigation systems and they admit that they were not aware of being close to Farsi Island, which is an Iranian island."

The 10 sailors on board two patroal boats were taken by the Revolutionary Guards on Tuesday.

The incident came just days ahead of expected implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

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