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US navy rescues Iranian hostages held by pirates
The Pentagon said on the Friday that the same US aircraft carrier group that Iran warned not to return to the Strait of Hormuz has rescued 13 Iranians held hostage by pirates in the Arabian Sea.
“The Iranians and the dhow (a traditional vessel) have been released and they’re on their way back home,” said Pentagon spokesperson, Captain John Kirby.
Kirby said that the US Navy had captured 15 pirates, all believed to be Somali. They are being held on board the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran threatened on Tuesday to take action if the US Navy moved an aircraft carrier into the Gulf. Army Chief Ataollah Selahi said the United States had moved an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf because of Iran’s naval exercises, and Iran would take action if the ship returned.
“Iran will not repeat its warning … the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf,” army chief Salehi said.
“I advise, recommend and warn them over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once,” he said.
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