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Iranians Get Medals For Capturing U.S. Sailors

Iran’s supreme leader has rewarded his Navy officers for detaining U.S. sailors who ventured into the Middle Eastern nation’s territorial waters last month, according to Fox News.

Reuters reported that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presented Order of Fat’h medals to Admiral Ali Fadavi, leader of the Navy and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards; and four commanders who captured two small U.S. Navy boats carrying 10 sailors. Defense Secretary Ash Carter admitted the Americans had “misnavigated.”

Iran released the U.S. troops the morning after the Jan. 12 incident, but not before releasing a video of the captives kneeling on their boats with their hands behind their heads. Carter said the clip made him “very, very angry.”

At first, Iranian officials suggested the Americans were spies. However, they later announced the sailors were “not hostile” or engaged in espionage. The Iranians acknowledged the confrontation resulted from “a broken navigation system.” Fox News noted that the troops were trying to reach Bahrain from Kuwait when they veered off course.

The television network reported that Iranian military commanders, as well as some politicians, earn the Order of Fat’h medal for acts the nation’s leaders consider heroic. Many of the recipients have been honored for their service during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.

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