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British Sailors and Marines Home at Last

By malan     Apr 5, 2007 in World
The fifteen Royal Navy sailors and marines held by Iranians have finally made it home... but they're not exactly happy. Read why.
The fifteen people that were held for 13 days by Iran are outraged that they were used by Tehran's propaganda machine and are wondering if their freedom is linked to some sort of deal made with Iran, a deal that could later hurt their homeland.
Tony Blair, Britain's prime minister insists that he did not make any deals with Iran to ensure the release and that Iran truly gave the hostages back and got nothing in return.
The crew of captors did celebrate their release and could be seen drinking champagne and enjoying fresh clothing as they prepared to fly home.
Fifteen Royal Navy sailors and marines held captive by Iran returned home Thursday to a nation relieved at their freedom but also outraged that they were used by Tehran's propaganda machine.
They will be debriefed on exactly what happened and more details may be released in the near future. The release by Iran is being seen as a 'show of strength' but not one that was taken too far. If Iran had decided to play hard-ball on this capture, or execute the captives this could have easily turned ugly quick.
Iran did get what they were asking for and Britain offered an official apology for being in Iran's waters, a fact that was disputed at first but finally was just let go.
Wednesday's announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Britons had been released was a breakthrough in a crisis that had raised oil prices and escalated fears of military conflict in the volatile region. The move to release the sailors suggested that Iran's hard-line leadership decided it had shown its strength but did not want to push the standoff too far.
Iran did not get the main thing it sought — a public apology for entering Iranian waters. Britain, which said its crew was in Iraqi waters when seized, insists it never offered a quid pro quo, either, instead relying on quiet diplomacy.
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