by Geezer Power 10:11:00 AM PDT
The newly-freed British sailors wave following their release in Tehran, 04 April 2007. Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad met the sailors as they were released at the presidential compound, wishing them success for the future.
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Updated: 11:58 a.m. ET April 4, 2007
The 15 British service personnel released by Iran, from left, Chris Air, Chris Coe, Andrew Henderson, Danny Masterton, Paul Barton, Joe Tindell, Nathan Summers, Adam Sperry, Mark Banks, Faye Turney, Simon Massey, Gavin Cavendish, Dean Harris, Arthur Batchelor, and Felix Carman prepare to board military helicopters at London's Heathrow Airport, Thursday April 5, 2007, after arriving back in the United Kingdom from Tehran, following 13 days in captivity. They were taken to a Royal Marine base in south west England.
9:50 a.m. ET, 4/5/07
Well...Looks like Iran is playing hankypanky with Bush&Co. They must have their own version of Karl Rove directing the photo-ops with the 15 sailors dressed in brand new suits for their departure photo's. This will certainly put some pressure on Dubya, if he doesn't have enough already, to lighten up on his stance on Iran. He is mad as hops about Nancy Pelosi visiting there and actually talking to Irananians like human beings, but not quite so concerned by recent visits by Republican representatives.
U.K. personnel arrive home after Iran captivity
Blair welcomes return, but calls for more international pressure on Tehran
LONDON - Fifteen British sailors and marines held captive for nearly two weeks in Iran arrived home Thursday, a day after the announcement of their release defused a growing confrontation between the two countries.
The crew, dressed in fresh uniforms supplied to them before their arrival, lined up beside the plane as photographers captured their arrival. They smiled and many stood with their hands behind their back before boarding two military helicopters at Heathrow Airport.
Wednesday’s announcement of their release in Tehran was a breakthrough in a crisis that had escalated over nearly two weeks, raising oil prices and fears of military conflict in the volatile region. The move to release the sailors suggested that Iran’s hard-line leadership decided it had shown its strength but did not want to push the standoff too far.