The day after capturing 10 U.S. sailors aboard two small Navy boats in the Persian Gulf, state-controlled Iran media released video footage of one of the American men apologizing for drifting into Iranian waters.
Department of Defense officials said contact with two small water craft was lost on Tuesday as the sailors traveled from Kuwait to Bahrain and experienced mechanical problems. Forces from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps intercepted the U.S. crew, confiscating their GPS equipment and weapons. The IRGC hoped to prove that the Navy boats illegally traveled over a mile into Iranian territory and were "snooping" around.
Interviewed by an interpreter, an unidentified soldier was asked to apologize:
It was a mistake, it was our fault, and we apologize for our mistake.
A follow-up question asked if the boats' GPS showed penetration of Iran's waters, and the sailor said, "I believe so."
He was then told to comment on their treatment while in captivity:
The Iranian behavior was fantastic while we were here. We thank you very much for your hospitality and your assistance… We had no problems, sir.
Notice in the video that one of the female soldiers was made to appear with her head covered:
As Breitbart noted in its report, Abas Aslani of Theran's Tasnim news agency released other pictures of the U.S. captors and their release:
While our service members were being held, President Obama was delivering his final State of the Union address. He made no mention of these soldiers.
The ten are now safe and sound in Qatar at a U.S. military base.