U.S. Navy Saves Iranian Sailors From Pirates

Amid rising tensions over Iran’s threats to keep U.S. warships out of its neighborhood, the U.S. Navy saved a group of Iranian sailors from pirates in the Arabian Sea. The Iranian fishing boat with 13 sailors aboard had been hijacked by pirates 40 to 45 days ago when it was spotted by a U.S. helicopter. Responding to a distress call, a crew from the destroyer USS Kidd boarded the boat, detaining the pirates and freeing the sailors, for which the Iranian ship captain expressed “sincere gratitude.” Wall Street Journal Pentagon correspondent Julian Barnes reported on twitter that the sailors wore caps from the Kidd as they sailed home. CNN has raw video of the hijacked sailors aboard their boat:

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