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Iranian Commander: Thousands of Valuable Documents Seized from Captured US Marines in January

26 September 2016 7:41



Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Second Naval Zone General Ali Razmjou announced that thousands of valuable documents were seized from the US naval forces when they were captured by the IRGC forces in the Persian Gulf on January 12.

“We seized thousands of pages of valuable intelligence from the US marines during their detention,” General Razmjou said, addressing a gathering in the Southern province of Bushehr on Sunday.

Stressing that the US marines had violated the Iranian territorial waters, he said the Americans have made repeated attempts to find a pretext to file a lawsuit against Iran in this regard but to no avail.

The IRGC seized two US Navy boats on January 12 and detained all on board on Iran’s Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. Nine men and one woman arrived in Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf illegally when they were captured by the IRGC Navy. They were freed later after diplomatic consultations.

Earlier this week, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy General Alireza Tangsiri announced that his forces had detained Canadian and Australian forces before they captured the US and British marines for violating Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf in the past.

“The IRGC Navy has detained American and British trespassers twice and the Canadians and Australians once in the Persian Gulf,” Tangsiri told reporters on the sidelines of military parades in the Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday.

He underlined that the foreign naval forces who are deployed in the Persian Gulf come to the region for the salaries they receive “but we are defending our home and territories here”.

The General did not reveal the date or any other detail about the capture of the Australian and Canadian forces, but his words implied that the developments had occurred before the January capture of the US marines.

In relevant remarks in July, General Tangsiri said the US warships have been warned to keep 12 nautical miles away from Iran’s territorial waters or wait for an incident similar to what happened on January 12.

“We have a strong presence in the quintuple regions of the South and our independent bases in the Sea of Oman, in such a way that foreign vessels never dare to approach regions 12 miles away from our territorial waters and if they do, they will be treated like what we did to the Americans (on January 12),” Tangsiri told FNA at the time.

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