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June 19, 2007

Failings identified in response to Iranian seizure of Royal Navy personnel

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Two inquiries into the seizure of Royal Navy personnel by Iran in March 2007 have found that the capture was not a result of “a single failure or any particular individual’s human error, but rather of an unfortunate accumulation of factors” and that there was a “collective failure of judgement” in allowing those involved to receive payment for discussing the event with the media.

The first report, by Lieutenant General Sir Rob Fulton, looked at “operational circumstances, consequences, and implications of the detention of the personnel”. The second, by Tony Hall, former BBC Director of News and now Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, examined the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) handling of the media attention in relation to the incident and has been published on the MOD website. The report by General Fulton is not available to the public, as it is classified because it deals with operational issues.

General Fulton identified weaknesses in training, communications and the handling of intelligence and suggested improvements in training for boarding operations.

The Hall report found that the poor judgement in allowing members of the armed forces to talk to the media was not the failure of a single individual, but Defence Secretary Des Browne accepted this as his responsibility, and has apologised for this error. He said that personnel would not be allowed to sell their stories in future.

In a statement to Parliament, Des Browne said that the Ministry of Defence were committed to implementing the recommendations made in the reports and that he expects “the great majority to be implemented by the end of this year”.

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April 10, 2007

UK reverses position on Navy personnel selling their stories

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Reports have emerged that the British government allowed the British soldiers newly released from Iranian captivity to sell their stories to the media, after it had banned the rest of the British military from doing so. This double standard has drawn criticism from the media and families of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 15 sailors were allegedly found and captured in Iranian waters. They caused an uproar in the UK when it was discovered that they revealed information quickly and easily, and were very compliant when asked to write confessions and statements. Retired colonel Bob Stewart mourned the loss of the “old school” attitude towards revealing nothing when captured:

Cquote1.svg The sailors and marines held in Iran have been so compliant and have already said so much that they have caused excruciating embarrassment to many people in this country [Britain] Cquote2.svg

The government decided that the release of information would lessen the impact of criticism in the media and the popular conception that the troops had easily buckled under the pressure of the Iranian government.

The first media interviews appeared on Monday and were published in both the Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers. The payment was not disclosed to the public but reports stated that the amounts paid were 5 or 6 figure sums.

One sailor, Faye Turney, the only female in the group, stated that their confessions were forced under duress and the reports from the Iranian governments were false. Her interview came after an Iranian PR maneuver to counter claims that the government mistreated and inhumanely held the captives by broadcasting videos of the 15 watching T.V, eating food, and playing chess. Turney, 25, also stated that she was separated from her colleagues soon after being captured and held in solitary confinement for days on end. This conforms to her colleagues statements, who said that they too were put into solitary confinement and were unjustly treated.

Another sailor, Arthur Bachelor, 20 and the youngest in the group, told the Daily mirror that he was led to fear that he was to be executed and expected the worst from his captors and tormentors. These “soft” sailors go against a history of “stiff upper lip” behavior that was expected from troops in previous generations of soldiers. His officer, Royal Marine Captain Chris Air, has sympathized with his colleagues and believes that they have every right to ask for payment for their stories; he did not accept offers made to him by the media. He believed that telling their stories would “be part of the process to get things off their minds”.

The leader of the captured group, Royal Navy Lieutenant Felix Carman, said he believed that accepting money for their ordeal was wrong. However, he told the media, he doesn’t hate people who have been though an awful ordeal, and was fine with their “making a bit of money out of this”.

Not everyone was as sympathetic to the released servicemen’s ordeal. Families of servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan have cried out in outrage over they way the soldiers handled their capture and the profit that they made out of it. Reg Keys, father of Thomas a soldier killed in Iraq, said:

Cquote1.svg There are people serving in Iraq with possibly far more interesting stories who are not allowed to talk to the media. When my son died, his colleagues were not allowed to speak to their families about it, let alone the press. Cquote2.svg

The British Military and Defense Ministry declared the capture and release of the 15 sailors “exceptional circumstances” and in their case lifted its policy on banning military members from talking to the media.

The former defense secretary of Britain, Micheal Heseltine, believed that it was a great injustice to allow the 15 to ask for payment for their stories:

Cquote1.svg What an extraordinary story that people who every day take calculated risks with their lives are expected to earn relatively small sums of money whilst people who get themselves taken hostage, in circumstances which are worth exploring, can make a killing Cquote2.svg

For many people, it is hard to understand why the 15 were so compliant towards the Iranian government, why they so readily gave away information and what happened to the hard-cut, no-nonsense military of past eras. The 15 were well treated when contrasted against former POW’s, who suffered horrific torture and punishment without giving up a single word of useful information, and with the emerging videos of the well-treated captured troops, public trust and respect for the military has been struck a horrific blow.

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April 6, 2007

UK naval crew describe their capture and detention by Iran

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At a press conference held Friday at the Royal Marine Base Chivenor in Devon, first-hand details of the fifteen UK Royal Navy crew’s capture and detention by Iran were revealed.

The fifteen navy crew, eight from the Royal Navy (RN) and seven from the Royal Marines (RM), arrived by helicopter at the base on Thursday. Following a period of debriefing and rest, the crew spoke at a press conference on Friday. Captain Christopher Air, RM, and Lieutenant Felix Carman, RN, spoke for the group.

Carman and Air thanked the staff of the British Embassy in Tehran, the Foreign Office, and Ministry of Defence for securing their release. In addition, Air stated that the crew “would like to thank the very many members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines who have been working so hard over the last 2 weeks supporting our families and friends and for arranging our return to here.”

Carman provided details of the navigational equipment and hand held GPS used by the UK crew. A support helicopter also provided continuous navigational confirmation. The boarding crew were linked electronically to HMS Cornwall, which monitored the crew’s position continually. “Let me make it absolutely clear,” said Carman. “Irrespective of what has been said in the past, when we were detained by the IRG we were inside internationally recognised Iraqi territorial waters and I can clearly state we were 1.7 nautical miles from Iranian waters.”

Cquote1.svg Let me be absolutely clear, from the outset it was very apparent that fighting back was simply not an option Cquote2.svg

—Captain Christopher Air, Royal Marines

Having boarded an unidentified merchant vessel in the Shatt Al Arab waterway, the crew were stopped by two Iranian boats, which prevented them from leaving. “When we tried to leave, they prevented us by blocking us in,” explained Air. “By now it was becoming increasingly clear that they had arrived with a planned intent. Some of the Iranian sailors were becoming deliberately aggressive and unstable. They rammed our boat and trained their heavy machine guns, RPGs and weapons on us.”

Six other Iranian boats arrived. “We made a conscious decision to not engage the Iranians and do as they asked,” said Air. “They boarded our boats, removed our weapons and steered the boats towards the Iranian shore.”

On arrival at an Iranian naval base, the UK crew were stripped of their gear, blindfolded, and led to an interrogation room. The following morning the group was flown to Tehran and transported to a prison where they faced “constant psychological pressure.” The crew were stripped and dressed in pajamas. According to Carman, “the next few nights were spent in stone cells, approximately 8’x 6′, sleeping on piles of blankets. All of us were kept in isolation.”

They were interrogated most nights and offered two options. “If we admitted we had strayed, we would be on a plane back to the UK soon,” said Carman. “If we didn’t we faced up to seven years in prison.” The crew were kept in isolation until the last few nights, when they were allowed to gather together for a couple of hours at a time.

On the subject of deciding to resist the Iranians or not, Air was adamant that it would have made the situation worse. “Let me be absolutely clear, from the outset it was very apparent that fighting back was simply not an option,” said Air. “Had we chosen to do so then many of us would not be standing here today.”

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April 5, 2007

British navy personnel back home

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The fifteen British navy personnel detained by Iran landed at just gone 12:00 noon BST at Heathrow International Airport, following their release after thirteen days of captivity.

The sailors and marines were captured by Iranian border guards on March 23 in the Persian Gulf near the Shatt al Arab waterway. Iran says they were in Iranian territorial waters while the UK insists they were operating in Iraqi waters under the terms of a UN mandate.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday announced that he would free the fifteen British captured navy personnel as a “gift to the British people.”

The crew are back on British soil, after landing in an area usually reserved for VIPs such as the Queen, and have arrived at a military base for de-briefing and thorough mental and physical health checks, and to meet their waiting families.

Cquote1.svg The disagreements we have with your government we wish to resolve peacefully through dialogue. I hope – as I’ve always hoped – that in the future we are able to do so. Cquote2.svg

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They left Iran at approximately 8:00 a.m local time from Mehrabad International Airport located in Tehran, Iran and were flown to Royal Marines Base Chivenor by Westland Sea King helicopters just minutes after leaving the British Airways BA6634 flight that had taken them back to the United Kingdom.

At exactly 12 noon BST, British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a statement outside 10 Downing Street, saying that he was “glad” that the crew had returned safely, and firmly stating that “no deal” had been made with the Iranians to secure the release. He also repeated his government’s view that there were “elements of the Iranian regime” that were “financing, arming and supporting terrorism in Iraq”.

Iranian state television had ran live video showing Mr Ahmadinejad smiling, chatting and shaking the hands of some of the detainees. “We are grateful for your forgiveness,” one servicemen said to Mr. Ahmadinejad.

After Ahmadinejad’s announcement on Wednesday that he was releasing the troops, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had told reporters that “We bear you [Iran] no ill will. On the contrary, we respect Iran as an ancient civilization, as a nation with a proud and dignified history. The disagreements we have with your government we wish to resolve peacefully through dialogue. I hope – as I’ve always hoped – that in the future we are able to do so.”

Ray Cooper, uncle to Royal Marine Adam Sperry one of the fifteen captured, said that this is “the best present imaginable. Whoever has been in the right or wrong, the whole thing has been a political mess, so let’s just get them home”, whilst his grandmother, Margaret Sperry, said that “I don’t think I would have ever gone out of the door again if anything had happened to him.”

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April 4, 2007

Ahmadinejad to free British navy personnel

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that the fifteen British captured navy personnel detained by Iran would be released, saying they have been pardoned as a gift to the British people. Ahmadinejad met with the detainees shortly after a press conference where he announced that the release will be immediate, and that they will be taken to the airport.

Cquote1.svg On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the great prophet of Islam, and on the occasion of Easter and Passover, I would like to announce that the great nation of Iran, while it is entitled to put the British military personnel on trial, has pardoned these 15 sailors and gives their release to the people of Britain as a gift. Cquote2.svg

—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Speaking at a press conference that marked the end of Sizdah Bedar, Ahmadinejad said the British soldiers had violated Iranian territory and praised the southwest coast guards for capturing them. He presented their commander, Captain Abol-Ghassem Amangah, with Iran’s third degree medal of courage.

The President went on to accuse the British government of not being “brave enough to tell their people the truth” about the incident during the 13 days after their detention. He added that he was “asking Mr Blair to not put these 15 personnel on trial because they admitted they came to Iranian territorial water,”, apparently trying to imply that the British servicemen were on a secret mission into Iranian waters, and should not have “confessed” on television to being in Iranian waters.

The British government claims that the confessions were extracted under duress. The United Kingdom has maintained that the captured sailors and marines were in Iraqi territorial waters under a United Nations mandate and has called for them to be released.

The President said that he had issued the order for release on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, Mawlid an-Nabi, and on the occasion of Easter and Passover.

Iranian media said that the British sailors ‘shouted for joy’ at the news.

The President said that “[After this meeting] they are free. They can go to the airport and they can go to their families”.

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April 3, 2007

Iran: Detained British troops do not need to go to trial

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Iran has said that the 15 British troops detained on March 23 do not have to go through any trial, according to Ali Larijani, the highest ranking diplomat for Iran who also said that a delegation should review the case against the sailors and marines.

“We are not interested in this issue getting more complicated. Our interest is in solving this problem as soon as possible. This issue can be resolved, and there is no need for any trial. There should be a delegation to review the case … to clarify whether they have been in our territorial waters or not,” said Larijani who hopes that the situation between Britain and Iran can be solved bilaterally.

Ali Larijani while lecturing at Sharif University of Technology for his presidential campaign.

Britain has stated that they are currently studying Larijani’s comments and will respond to them tomorrow.

“There remain some differences between us, but we can confirm we share his preference for early bilateral discussions to find a diplomatic solution to this problem. We will be following this up with the Iranian authorities tomorrow, given our shared desire to make early progress,” said a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office.

On March 23, the fifteen sailors and marines from the frigate HMS Cornwall were inspecting a ship, in what the UK identified as Iraqi waters, when they were surrounded by Iranian gunboats and taken into custody. Iran claims the UK forces were in Iranian waters, and are still detaining the fifteen.

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April 1, 2007

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Five former Maoist rebels were sworn in as ministers as part of a peace pact designed to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 13,000 people in Nepal. The new government has announced assembly elections for late June, 2007. Thereafter, the new assembly is due to write a new constitution for the Himalayan nation.

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Russia bans foreigners from retail sales jobs

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Under a new law that went into effect today, non-Russians will not be allowed to work as salespeople in shops and markets. The ban was presented by Vladimir Putin as a way of improving employment prospects for Russian citizens. Russian media warns that it will increase the labor costs for retailers and drive up inflation. The Federal Migration Service, a government agency, reported nearly full compliance in Moscow.

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Between 100 and 200 students gathered outside the British embassy in Tehran to protest the alleged incursion into Iranian waters by the Royal Navy. The protesters threw rocks, chanted “Death to Britain” and called for the expulsion of the ambassador. Police prevented the protesters from entering the compound.

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March 30, 2007

Iran airs new video of UK crewmen, releases new letters from Turney

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Iranian television has aired new video footage of three of the fifteen UK sailors and marines seized by Iran a week ago. On Thursday evening, the Iranian Embassy in London released a second letter purported to be written by detained servicewoman Faye Turney.

The footage was released hours after Iran criticized yesterday’s United Nations Security Council statement, which voiced “grave concern” over the incident and called for an “early resolution” of the matter.

Cquote1.svg It is wrong. It is wrong in terms of the usual conventions that cover this. It is wrong in terms of basic humanity Cquote2.svg

—Spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair

In the video footage, three crewmen are shown with one identified as Nathan Thomas Summers. Summers was seen confessing to being in Iranian waters and apologizing to the Iranian people. “We trespassed without permission,” said Summers. “Since we have been arrested our treatment has been friendly. We have not been harmed at all.”

“I would like to apologize for entering your waters without any permission … I deeply apologize,” continued Summers. “They have looked after us really well.”

According to the BBC, the UK Foreign Office described the latest video as “disgraceful exploitation”.

A hand-written note, the second letter apparently written by Faye Turney, was released by Iran on Thursday evening. The letter requests the UK government to withdraw its troops from Iraq. “Isn’t it time for us to start withdrawing our forces from Iraq and let them determine their own future,” the letter states.

In reply, a Prime Minister’s office spokesman said: “It is wrong. It is wrong in terms of the usual conventions that cover this. It is wrong in terms of basic humanity”.

Iran has also released a third letter purporting to be from Leading Seaman Turney, addressed to the “British People”. The letter states that she has been “sacrificed due to the intervening policies of the Bush and Blair governments” and repeats the call for the withdrawal of British and US forces from Iraq. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in response: “I really don’t know why the Iranian regime keep doing this. All it does is enhance people’s sense of disgust at captured personnel being paraded and manipulated in this way.”

The BBC says it has been able to confirm the names of six of the 15 sailors and marines held by Iran. Apart from Leading Seaman Turney and Seaman Summers (from Shropshire and Cornwall respectively), they are: Paul Barton from Southport, Danny Masterton from Ayrshire, Joe Tindall from south London and Adam Sperry from Leicester.

On March 23, the fifteen sailors and marines from the frigate HMS Cornwall had been inspecting a ship, in what the UK identified as Iraqi waters, when they were surrounded by Iranian gunboats and taken into Iranian custody. Iran claims the UK forces were in Iranian waters, and are still detaining the fifteen.

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UN Security Council calls for release of British soldiers in Iran

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The United Nations Security Council has issued a statement calling for a “early resolution” to the rising tensions between United Kingdom and Iran by releasing all 15 British sailors and marines who were detained by Iranian forces on March 23.

“Members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the capture by the Revolutionary Guard and the continuing detention by the government of Iran of 15 United Kingdom naval personnel and appealed to the government of Iran to allow consular access in terms of the relevant international laws,” said the U.N. Security Council in a statement.

“Members of the Security Council support calls, including by the secretary general in his March 29 meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, for an early resolution of this problem including the release of the 15 UK personnel,” added the statement.

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All 15 members of the Council agreed to the wording of the statement and released it after nearly four hours of debate, but Russia and South Africa opposed to having the statement or the Council’s recommendations be “too harsh” or to put the blame fully on the Iranian government.

Iran released a statement shortly after the Security Council met saying that getting the U.N. involved, “will not be helpful.”

“This case can and should be settled through bilateral channels. The British government’s attempt to engage third parties, including the Security Council, with this case is not helpful,” said a statement released by Iran’s U.N Mission.

The sailors and marines from the frigate HMS Cornwall had been inspecting, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1723, a ship that was believed to be smuggling cars into Iraq, though it was subsequently cleared after inspection when Iranian gunboats surrounded the sailors and arrested them at gunpoint.

On Thursday, Iran stated that they are “suspending” the release of the 15 soldiers, including Faye Turney a female soldier, 26, who was supposed to be released “very soon.”

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European Union calls for release of British crewmen in Iran

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The European Union has released a statement calling for the release of all 15 British sailors and marines being detained in Iran and that “appropriate measures” will be taken if Iran refuses to release them.

“The European Union deplores the continued arrest of 15 British citizens and underlines the EU’s unconditional support for the government of the United Kingdom. The EU repeats its call for the immediate and unconditional release of the British Royal naval personnel. Should the UK citizens not be released in the near future, the EU will decide on appropriate measures,” said the statement released by the EU.

The statement added that “all evidence clearly indicated” that at the time of the seizure, the British naval personnel were on a routine patrolling mission in Iraqi waters, and called the Iranian seizure a “clear breach” of international law.

All 27 members of the union agreed to the statement.

On March 23, the fifteen sailors and marines from the frigate HMS Cornwall had been inspecting a ship, in what the UK identified as Iraqi waters, when they were surrounded by Iranian gunboats and taken into custody. Iran claims the UK forces were in Iranian waters, and are still detaining the fifteen.

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