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Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates

Iran Welcomes US Humanitarian Rescue From Somali Pirates - APThe Iranian government has welcomed a US Navy rescue of 13 of its nationals from pirates near the entrance to the Gulf, in a rare respite from months of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. U.S. officials announced Friday that the fishermen had been rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer on Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The rescue came just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep the same group of warships out of the Persian Gulf in a reflection of Iran’s fear that American warships could try to enforce an embargo against Iranian oil exports. One Iranian media outlet, the Fars news agency, which is close to the hardline Revolutionary Guards, dismissed the incident as a suspect “Hollywood movie” meant “to justify the presence of a US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf waters.” The rescue was carried out by one of several warships escorting the carrier USS John C Stennis, which Iranian military chiefs early this week warned to stay out of Gulf waters or else face the “full force” of Iran’s navy. Naval forces from several countries patrol shipping lanes in the region in pursuit of Somali pirates. The pirates, who are after huge ransoms, have dramatically expanded their range in recent years and targeted some of the largest vessels to take to the seas, including oil supertankers. Read the full article »»»»