Mil News UK servicemen 'forced' into Iran


Mi General
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Feb 29, 2004
Eight British servicemen claim they were "forcibly escorted into Iranian territorial waters" before being taken captive, the defence secretary has said.
Geoff Hoon said the six Royal Marines and two Royal Navy sailors maintained they had been operating in Iraq's waters and had not strayed into Iran's.

The servicemen were held for three days sparking a stand-off with Britain.

Shadow foreign secretary Michael Ancram said Iran should issue a "full apology" if the claims are true.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Defence, Mr Hoon said the MoD was looking into the servicemen's claim.

Mr Hoon also expressed concern about "the blindfolding of the men" during their captivity and added the UK had made representations to ... Iran."

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No why doesn't that surprise me? There has been a nasty smell to this thing right from the beginning.

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