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Final Report on Iranian Seizure of U.S. Sailors Blames Chain of Failures

Final Report on Iranian Seizure of U.S. Sailors Blames Chain of Failures

Riverine sailors detained by IRGCN forces on Jan. 12, 2016 off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

Riverine sailors detained by IRGCN forces on Jan. 12, 2016 off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

CLARIFICATION: According to additional information from the service, only two commanders were relieved of their commands related to the Farsi Island investigation — not three. The officer in charge of the Kuwait detachment of riverine boats served in a rotational capacity and could not technically be relieved of his command position. A total of nine service members have or will face administrative action or relief related to the report. 

THE PENTAGON – Lax standards, poor operational discipline and ignorance of the rules of engagement resulted in the capture of ten U.S. riverine sailors during a routine mission by Iranian forces in January, according to a newly released report on the incident. Read More

Rhodes: Iran Nuclear Deal Dismantled Weapons Program, Created Better Relationship

Rhodes: Iran Nuclear Deal Dismantled Weapons Program, Created Better Relationship

Tearing up the Iran nuclear deal “just doesn’t seem like a very wise thing to do,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, said at the Atlantic Council on June 16. Atlantic Council photo.

Tearing up the Iran nuclear deal “just doesn’t seem like a very wise thing to do,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, said at the Atlantic Council on June 16. Atlantic Council photo.

A key presidential adviser said the Obama administration is committed to its nuclear deal with Iran, despite heavy criticism from congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, because abandoning the deal would allow Teheran to restart its nuclear weapons program while alienating key allies. Read More