John on March 28, 2007 at 7:36 am
The Brits took the offensive today:
Vice Admiral Charles Style, presenting the information at the Ministry of Defence in London, said the Royal Navy personnel were “ambushed” by the Iranian navy while 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi territorial waters.
How do they know?
Vice Admiral Style, the deputy chief of the defence staff, said one of the two small British craft intercepted by the Iranian navy at gunpoint had a GPS (global positioning system) device on board.
Information from that device, along with further evidence from a British military helicopter, proved the sailors were operating “well inside” Iraqi waters when they were seized last Friday, he said.
The GPS relayed information back to HMS Cornwall, the ship the craft were operating from, meaning it was able to “continuously chart” their position.
The London Times published the exact coordinates:
29′ 50.36″ N, 048′ 43.08″E
Meanwhile, the Iranian kidnappers can’t even tell a convincing lie:
The vice admiral said the Iranians had given two different positions for where they claimed the Royal Navy boarding party – seized after they had made a routine boarding of an Indian-flagged dhow suspected of being used to smuggle cars – had been.
He added that the location given by Iran on Saturday for the British personnel was inside Iraqi waters. After this was pointed out to Tehran, Iranian officials provided a second location, around two miles inside Iranian waters, on Monday.
The results of this full court press look promising:
Soon afterwards, the Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, said the only woman among the 15 captives, 26-year-old Faye Turney, would be released soon.
“The woman soldier is free either today or tomorrow,” he told the Turkish CNN-Turk television channel.
Here’s the British version of events via BBC. This map shows the two different locations given out by the Iranians:
Dear Mum & Dad,
I am writing to you from Iran where I am being held. I will try to explain to you the best what has happened.
We were out in the boat when we were arrested by Iranian forces as we had apparently gone into Iranian waters. I wish we hadn’t because then I’d be home with you all right now. I am so sorry we did, because I know we wouldn’t be here now if we hadn’t.
I want you all to know that I am well and safe. I am being well looked after. I am fed 3 meals a day and have a constant supply of fluids.
The people are friendly and hospitable, very compassionate and warm. I have written a letter to the Iranian people to apologise for us entering into their waters.
Please don’t worry about me; I am staying strong. Hopefully it won’t be long until I am home to get ready for Molly’s birthday party with a present from the Iranian people.
Look after everyone for me, especially Adam and Molly.
I love you all more than you will ever know.
All my love
Sounds to me like someone told her exactly what to say, possibly while standing nearby with a gun. Hard to blame her for going along under those circumstances. We’ll hopefully get the real story once this is over.
Update: Faye Turney appears on Iranian TV. Here is what she said:
My name is Faye Turney. I come from England. I serve on F99 and I have been in the navy 9 years. I live in England at present.
I was arrested on Friday 23rd March. Obviously we trespassed into their waters.
They were very friendly, very hospitable, very thoughtful, nice people.
They explained to us why we had been arrested.
There was no regression, no hurt, no harm.
They were very very compassionate.
Sounds scripted to me. Allah points to the video at Sky News.
Update 2: After watching that Sky News clip, watch this one and compare. The Iranian clip is clearly made under emotional duress:
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