Iran Just Released New Footage Of Captured U.S. Sailors, One Thing People Instantly Notice…

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.

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.”

Revealed: What Iran Did To US Navy On SAME DAY It Captured 10 Sailors Could Be Even Worse

Iran appeared to brag on state television Friday that it flew a drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier on Jan. 12 and took “precise” photographs and video of the warship. The Iranians also claimed that one of the nation’s submarines maneuvered near the carrier to conduct surveillance and captured video of its movements.

Photographs and video were shown on Iranian state television, and the state affiliated Fars news agency posted footage on its website, said to be taken by the Iranian military during these operations.

The aggressive moves by the Iranian military came on the very day it took captive 10 U.S. sailors, who the Iran government charged had crossed into its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The actions also came within weeks of the Islamic Republic conducting a missile test with 1500 yards of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

The Navy chose not to open fire Iranian drone surveilling the American carrier because it was unarmed and not threatening the ship’s safety, “but the incident again highlighted that tensions remain between America and Iran in Gulf waters despite their recent diplomatic detente,” the Washington Post reported

Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, stated the that unarmed Iranian drone also flew over the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on the same day. Both warships are in the Gulf in order to launch bombing missions into Syria. 

Stephens called the drone’s flight “abnormal and unprofessional.” He added that the U.S. Navy was “not in a position to verify the authenticity of the video as there are countless examples of similar footage to be found on the Internet.”

In Washington, U.S. Navy spokesman Cmdr. William Marks stressed America remains ready to use force if necessary.

“We are confident in our force’s ability to respond appropriately as the situation dictates and will defend ourselves should that prove necessary,” he said.

“On Jan. 17, the U.S implemented sanctions against 11 people and companies involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, just one day after President Obama lifted sanctions based on the nuclear program,” USA Today reported

Khamenei Says God Was Involved When IRGC Captured Sailors Of The ‘Great Satan’

“It was in fact God’s deed,” Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said in a tweet posted Sunday.

The leader of Iran was referring to the capture of two U.S Navy vessels and 10 American sailors Jan. 12, the same day President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address.

“What you did was very great, interesting and timely and it was in fact, God’s deed that took Americans to our waters so that through your timely job they raised their hands over their heads and were arrested,” read the full text of the tweet.

Earlier, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, said the capture of the sailors was meant to teach Congress a lesson not to impose new sanctions on Iran after it illegally tested a ballistic missile at the end of last year.

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Two other tweets showed pictures of a meeting of the Ayatollah with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps who were involved in the action against the U.S. Navy near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. In one photo, Khamenei can be seen congratulating the IRGC soldiers.

In another tweet, Khamenei took aim at the American and Western “insistence on using ‘Islamic State’ title for some terrorist groups.” He wrote the title is an “insult at Muslims and indirectly strengthens these groups.”

Khamenei’s bellicose statements directed at the United States followed remarks last week in which he said he never trusted the West. Iran’s supreme leader also said the United States was “not honest” in the fight against terrorism in the region, and Iran remains wary of American deceit.

In September, Khamenei went even further and bragged Iran would deliver a defeat to the United States in the event of war.

If the news about Khamenei’s anti-US rhetoric might worry you, Secretary of State John Kerry says you can relax. During a television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kerry said the world is safer thanks to the nuclear deal with Iran.

When confronted with some of the bellicose anti-US rhetoric coming out of Iran, Kerry said he naturally wished the rhetoric were otherwise, but then said the Iranians were merely responding to American criticism.

“What I’m trying to do and what President Obama is trying to do, principally, is move us away from that kind of confrontation and put to test whether or not we can find cooperation,” Kerry added, giving the Iranian presence during talks about the future of Syria as an example of the Iranian-American ‘cooperation’.

It is unclear to what kind of American criticism Khamenei was responding to Sunday when he said the capture of the American navy vessels and crews was ‘God’s deed.’ After all, it was Kerry himself who had thanked the Iranians for the rapid release of the ships and its crews.

As for the Iranian-American cooperation, Kerry wishes to establish he apparently forgot what Khamenei and his closest advisor have said just three months ago. Khamenei’s top adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, said on Press TV in November that Iran will not cooperate with the United States in the “fight against terrorists in Syria.”

Khamenei himself was even more blunt in September when he ruled out talks with the United States beyond the nuclear negotiations. “We approved talks with the United States about the nuclear issue specifically. We have not allowed talks with the U.S. in other fields and we will not negotiate with them,” Khamenei said at the time.

He added the U.S. remains the “Great Satan” and warned cooperation with America would allow it “to penetrate Iran.”

“The Iranian nation ousted the Satan. We should not let it back through the window,” Khamenei said, referring to the Islamic Revolution in 1979 when the U.S.-backed Shah was ousted in a revolt led by Ayatollah Khomeini.

 

Obama Administration Knows Some Of The Billions They Are Giving Iran Will Go To Terrorism

Video Transcript:

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that the Iranians will use some of the tens of billions in sanctions relief to fund terrorism.

KERRY: Uh, I’m sure at some point, some of it will. Uh, I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRDC (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps), or of other entities – some of which are labeled terrorist. Uh, you know, to some degree I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.

But he does believe our allies in the region will help neutralize any threats.

KERRY: The Saudis alone spend $80 billion a year on defense. The entire Gulf state communities spend $130 billion a year on defense. Iran spends $15 billion a year on its military activities. So, it’s so incredibly disproportionate that I believe that working with our Gulf state partners, we have the ability to guarantee that they will be secure.

The White House also agreed Iran would use some for terrorism.

JOSH EARNEST: His – I think rather logical conclusion – that a nation that supports terrorism may use some of the money that’s coming into the country to further support terrorism. You know, we have been pretty honest about the fact that this agreement is not going to resolve all of our concerns with Iran’s bad behavior. And it is entirely likely – I think it’s even expected – that Iran will continue to support terrorism. That longstanding support for terrorism is what motivated us to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

So you’re concerned about their terrorist tendencies, want to prevent them from getting a nuke, so you cut a deal to give them billions to fund their terrorism?

But not to worry, Kerry is confident Iran won’t get a nuclear bomb because…

KERRY: Iran has agreed to never, ever pursue a nuclear weapon. My friends, the region is safer. The world is safer.

What John Kerry Was Just Caught ADMITTING About Obama’s Iran Deal Is Dropping Jaws Everywhere

According to a CNN report, John Kerry admitted that some of the $150 billion given to Iran will be invested into state-sponsored terrorism. The Obama administration, in a nuclear deal with Iran, cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted, and for billions of U.S. dollars to be funneled to Iran. The admission came after Kerry was asked if the money given from the Iran deal would make it into the hands of terrorists.

Kerry reportedly said that there was nothing that could prevent those funds from falling into the hands of terrorists. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists … You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

As the deal was being drawn up, critics contended the funds sent would undoubtedly end up in the hands of terrorist groups, making the Obama administration complicit in state-sponsored terrorism. Ironically, while President Obama maintains a position that Bashar al Assad must step down as the president of Syria, Iran is a bulwark for Assad. Thus, the money given to Iran will likely go into the hands of militants fighting the U.S. and coalition forces. If that happened the U.S. would, in essence, be paying Iran to attack U.S. forces, or at the very least, attack U.S. foreign policy interests. Kerry responded to that possibility.

“There is no way they can succeed in what they want to do if they are very busy funding a lot of terrorism,” he said. “If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously … We are confident that this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region.”