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Iran to Build Monument to Celebrate Capture of US Sailors

Iran to Build Monument to Celebrate Capture of US Sailors
This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. The sailors were released after it was determined that their entry was not intentional. (Sepahnews via AP)

By    |   Monday, 21 March 2016 06:04 PM

Two months after Iran captured 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf, it has announced plans to build a monument to remember the incident.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard, reports Military.com, will construct "a symbol" of the tense Jan. 12 incident within an existing monument.

"There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media, and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments," said Ali Fadavi, who leads the Guard's naval forces.

The sailors were captured after their Navy patrol boats purportedly had a mechanical issue. Iran claimed the boats drifted into its waters off the coast of Farsi Island.

The sailors were ordered out of the boat at gunpoint and were held overnight before being released the following day. Photos and videos taken during the sailors' detention were circulated on the Internet, including a video that showed some of them crying

Five members of Iran's Navy — Fadavi and four commanders — were given medals for capturing the Americans.

Three days after the sailors were released, sanctions against Iran were lifted as part of the deal struck last year to keep the nation's nuclear program in check.

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