Iran detains seven U.S. troops: report

TEHRAN Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:51am EDT

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian border guards detained seven U.S. troops as they tried to illegally enter the Islamic state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, without giving a source.

"Recently seven American troops were detained by Iranian guards in a southeastern province of the country ... Two Iranians accompanying the troops were also arrested," said Fars.

No other news agency reported the incident, which Fars said occurred in Sistan-Baluchestan, an impoverished province that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

If confirmed, the incident would aggravate tension between Tehran and Washington, which have lacked diplomatic relations since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution and are at odds over many issues particularly Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Iran on Tuesday freed one of three Americans held for over a year ago for alleged spying. Sara Shourd was detained near Iran's border with Iraq in late July 2009 along with two male companions, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Their families say the three were on a mountain hike in northern Iraq at the time.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (7)
myxsix wrote:
The US really needs to be more cautious. It has lost respect and prestige in the world. It’s unilateral approach is very unappreciated. Iran has very good reason to treat the US as an enemy and US military personnel within its borders as a hostile act – not convenient considering the current climate. There is no way they simply stumbled into Iran accidentally – what were they up to?

Sep 19, 2010 8:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Skylor wrote:
Hmm, if true this is story is going to get good, lol.

Sep 19, 2010 8:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
trex2561 wrote:
Just one more reason why these folks and the three hikers should have been in Scouts when they were kids. They would have learned how to tell where they were. If any of these idiots were suspected terrorists entering the US illegally they probably would have been detained as well.

Sep 19, 2010 9:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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