In January, the Islamic Republic of Iran detained 10 U.S. Navy servicemen after their transport boats reportedly drifted into Iranian waters. One of the boats apparently suffered mechanical failure. The soldiers were disarmed and detained, and one naval servicewoman was made to cover her head according to Iranian laws and customs.
Iranian media immediately released video of one serviceman apologizing for the incident, a move some said was meant to embarrass U.S. military forces in the region. A retired Navy captain also criticized Iran’s use of the videos as an attempt to publicly embarrass America.
Now, Iran has just released more video footage. In the latest video release, soldiers are shown apparently crying during their detention, furthering criticism that Iran is using the footage to demonstrate their own navy’s power over the U.S. Navy.
Iran state TV airs new footage of captured US sailors, sailor in tears in footage pic.twitter.com/nSzQFBB0G8
— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) February 10, 2016
Courtney O’Brien of Townhall wrote: “In the days following the capture, Iran celebrated the incident, even handing out awards to the Iranian troops who had detained the Americans. One of those medal recipients, Sardar Fadavi, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy, taunted the U.S. by threatening to release information his personnel captured from the sailors’ belongings, as well as other footage from the incident.”
Fadavi reportedly said: “If U.S. officials say they are angry with and frustrated by the footage released, they would be 100 times more embarrassed if the IRGC releases other films of the capture.”