Iran Holds Two U.S. Navy Boats After Mechanical Problems, Officials Say

January 12, 2016 9:44 PM

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WASHINGTON — The crews of two small Navy boats were picked up by the Iranian authorities on Tuesday after commanders lost contact with the vessels, and Pentagon officials said that Iran had agreed to return the sailors soon.

An official said that the boats appeared to have drifted into Iranian territorial waters after one of them experienced mechanical problems. A military official said that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when contact was lost.

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