The Obama administration has reportedly apologized to Iran for an incident in which the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized two U.S. Navy boats, taking 10 sailors captive.
The event happened hours before President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday. Neither the president nor Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who delivered the official Republican response, mentioned the crisis. Less than 24 hours later, the IRGC stated that they had released the 10 sailors.
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CNN reported that a U.S. source had confirmed that the released crew members are now on board the USS Anzio, receiving initial medical checks.
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After the boats were seized, the U.S. pursued the IRGC by sea and air before relenting. Iran interrogated the sailors, searching both boats and demanding an apology. The incident occurred just days after Iran launched a rocket within 1,500 yards of the USS Harry Truman Carrier in the Persian Gulf.