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Another Iranian Hostage Crisis

John on November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

When the Iranians face pressure the Iranians kidnap people:

Diplomatic tension between Britain and Iran deepened tonight with the news that Tehran is holding five British sailors after their yacht apparently strayed into Iranian waters.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that the crew members were taken from their yacht Kingdom of Bahrain on November 25 after she was stopped by Iranian naval vessels while sailing from Bahrain to Dubai.

The Britons were part of a ninemember crew representing Bahrain in the annual Dubai to Muscat race, scheduled to begin the following day.

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said that the Foreign Office had been in touch with its Iranian counterparts for nearly a week. “I hope this issue will soon be resolved,” he said.

Don’t bet on it, David.

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