More information on this story. One of those who sent this in said, “I guess this is will be a September 1, 1939 Alert.” Maybe. But I suspect more varieties of appeasement will be in the offing first.
“Iran nabs British sailors in Iraq waters,” by Robert Barr for Associated Press (thanks to all those who sent this in):
LONDON — Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a ship suspected of smuggling cars in the Persian Gulf off the Iraqi coast on Friday, officials said.
The British government demanded “the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment.”
The British Navy personnel were “engaged in routine boarding operations of merchant shipping in Iraqi territorial waters,” and had completed a ship inspection when they were accosted by Iranian vessels, Britain’s Defense Ministry said.
“We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level and … the Iranian ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office,” the ministry said.