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Friday, January 6, 2012

US Navy Rescues Iranian Hostages - Khomeini Grateful!

US Navy Rescues Iranian Hostages

Ayatollah Khomeini Blesses US Commandos
(That Part Might Be Made Up)

By Dell Hill

“You’re Welcome!”

The US Navy has rescued 13 Iranian sailors who were being held hostage by pirates in the Gulf of Oman.

Ironically, the forces that came to their assistance were assigned to the USS John C. Stennis strike group -- the same aircraft carrier that was subject to an Iranian threat just days earlier amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic's pledge to close the Strait of Hormuz.

US forces swung into action at 12:30pm local time Thursday after a Navy helicopter spotted a suspicious skiff alongside an Iranian-flagged boat and picked up a distress signal from its
captain, the US Navy said in a statement.

A US Navy handout photo shows the guided-missile destroyer 'USS Kidd' responding to a distress call from the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow 'Al Molai,' who claimed he was being held captive by pirates in the Arabian Sea.
A counter-piracy team from the Navy destroyer USS Kidd boarded and detained 15 pirates who had been holding the boat's crew hostage for more than a month, using their ship, the Al Molai, as a launch pad to mount raids on other vessels.

"The Al Molai had been taken over by pirates for roughly the last 40-45 days," said Josh Schminky, a Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent aboard the Kidd.

"They were held hostage, with limited rations, and we believe were forced against their will to assist the pirates with other piracy operations."

Schminky said the hostages were given food, water, and medical care.

"They had been through a lot.  We went out of our way to treat the fishing crew with kindness and respect," he added.

The captured pirates are currently on board the Stennis while authorities consider prosecuting them.

The rescue comes just days after Iran's army chief warned the Stennis against returning to the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route for up to 20 percent of the world's oil”

Dell’s Bottom Line:

THIS JUST IN - Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini expressed sincere thanks to the United States Navy commandos who rescued his countrymen from likely death.

If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell....really cheap, too!

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