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March 25, 2007

Ayeneh-ye Rooz: Iran's Capture of UK Sailors May Be Prelude to Prisoner Swap

In a 24 March article in Persian the German newspaper Ayeneh-ye Rooz has suggested that Iran's capture of 15 British sailors in the Shatt al-Arab waterway may be the fulfillment of a suggestion made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in his latest public message that Iran will commit illegalities of its own if the West does anything illegal. The paper speculated that the capture may be related to the recent arrest of Iranian military and security officers.

A Persian article in today's edition of Mohsen Rezai's newspaper baztab reports that a member of the Iranian Majles principled faction [osulgara] has warned Iran's Foreign Ministry that it must not give in to international demands to release the captured sailors in light of the American capture of five Iranians in the Iraqi city of Irbil. The article says the deputy has cautioned that this is not the first time international pressure has been brought to bear on Iran on behalf of the United Kingdom.

Ali Nourizadeh cites a more detailed report in Al -Sharq al-Awsat

Crossposted from Satellite News



Posted by John at March 25, 2007 7:42 AM





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