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Iran UK relations: 2007 seizure of British sailors in Gulf

In March 2007, 15 Royal Navy personnel were seized at gunpoint in the Gulf of Iran.

The sailors had been inspecting an Iraqi boat, and were returning to their two small boats to head back to HMS Cornwall.

Iran said they were trespassing in Iranian waters, an accusation denied by the UK, insisting they were in Iraqi territory on a routine patrol.

At the time Ian Pannell was aboard the HMS Cornwall, and filed this report.

First broadcast March 2007

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