Iran Releases Humiliating Images of U.S. Sailors in Captivity

Iran state media

Iran state media

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Iran state television released images of the 10 U.S. sailors that the Iranian military held in custody overnight Tuesday.

ABC News first reported the photos, which appeared after the sailors were released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Wednesday morning.

Iran state media

Iran state media

Two small Navy boats and their crew were taken into custody Tuesday, Iran accusing them of drifting into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

Iran state media

Iran state media

The U.S. military confirmed the release of the naval personnel early Wednesday, saying that there was no indication that the sailors were harmed. The Navy said that it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the sailors’ detention. In images depicting their condition in captivity, the sailors appear to have had their boots, personal equipment, and weapons seized, and a female sailor appears to have been compelled to wear a Muslim headscarf.

Iran state media

 

Iran state media

Iran state media

The sailors and their boats were apprehended when traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain. While a defense official initially said that the crew would be “promptly” returned, Iran held the boats and their crew overnight.

Iran state media

Iran state media

Additional images also appear to show Iranian personnel sifting through the crew’s ammunition and weapons and viewing their documents.

Iran state media

Iran state media

 

Iran state media

Iran state media

 

Iran state media

Iran state media

 

Iran state television also released video of the moment of the soldiers’ arrest.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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