Iran seizes 3 British ships?

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    Foxnews is reporting that Iran has seized 3 British ships and their crews.....can't find any confirmation anywhere else
     
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    I see breaking news on Fox, but nothing I can find either.
     
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    If this proves to be true, the Iranians are in for a first class ass kicking.

    The Brits are pretty partial to their ships. Oh yeah, and they've got a sizeable force right next door...
     
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    'Three UK vessels seized in Iran'


    Iran has seized three British navy vessels that entered its territorial waters near the Iraqi border, according to an Iranian media report.
    Eight British sailors on board the vessels were arrested, Iranian naval sources were quoted as saying.

    A report on al-Alam satellite TV news said the arrests were made on the Shatt al-Arab river that marks the boundary between Iran and Iraq.

    The sources told the TV station that weapons and maps were found on board.

    The Ministry of Defence in London said it had no information about the incident and was looking into the reports.


    http://www.bbcnews.com

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    Iran Confiscates Three British Warships

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    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran confiscated three British warships Monday and arrested eight armed crew members, state-run television reported.



    The three British ships — described only as "warships" — entered Iranian territorial waters not far from the Iran-Iraq (news - web sites) border, the Arabic language Al-Alam television reported. The station is part of the state-run Iranian radio and television network.


    "Iranian forces confiscated the ships and eight military personnel on board," the report said.


    In London, the Ministry of Defense said it was investigating the report but did not know if it was true.


    The ministry said there were no British warships operating in the Shat al Arab waterway but some smaller vessels were there.


    "We are assisting the Iraqi water police there so it may be one of those vessels," a spokesman said on condition of anonymity. "We don't know."

    From AP
     
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    Gee maps on a ship, earth shattering discovery. Weapons by war zones, ditto.

    Face it, the mullahs think they may have pushed too far regarding those nuke facilities. They better not hold them long.
     
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    LOL, what a completely stupid move. Must have been small patrol boats or something, the Brits have a Navy that's second only to the USA.
     
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    If they were SEALS or the Brit equivalent, they wouldn't get caught. :)
     
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    They must be fishing vessels or something and the state run Iranian TV is trying to play it up like they made some big capture. At least I hope that's what happened. I would hate to see more war b/c of the Ayatollah's swelled head.
     
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    Not fishing :D

    ....................The ministry said it could not confirm the seizure of the vessels or the detention of the crew, but added that any vessels involved were likely to be patrol boats, not warships. ....................


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3826179.stm
     
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    Didn't Iran learn anything from the Falkland Islands? The Brits will come calling wanting their ships and people back and they won't be asking too nicely.
     

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