U.S. Navy Rescues 13 Iranian Hostages From Pirates
While the US Navy may be busily monitoring Iran Navy activity in the Strait of Hormuz that didn’t stop them on Thursday from rescuing 13 Iranian fisherman who were being held by pirates in the Arabia Sea.
The US Navy received a distress call from the fishing vessel after it was boarded by pirates one month ago.
After the Navy raid on the ship fifteen pirates were detained and are being held by the US Navy.
According to reports the men aboard the vessel were kept in harsh conditions and were forced to help the pirates.
In the meantime the freed hostages were being sent home by the U.S. government and Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent Josh Schminky said the military has attempted to treat the fisherman as the would want to be treated.
“We went out of our way to treat the fishing crew with kindness and respect,” he said.
While Iran may be at odds with the United States over their growing nuclear ambitions the captain of the Al Molai says Schminky ”expressed his sincere gratitude that we came to assist them. He was afraid that without our help, they could have been there for months.”
The rescue comes less than a week after Iranian officials told the U.S. Navy carrier not to return to the area as tensions continue to rise with the United States preparing more sanctions against the country and any country that engaged in trade with Iran.
The countries military presence just recently concluded 10 days of war games in the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil transportation hub they have threatened to close down if the U.S. imposes any further sanctions.
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