(Washington Free Beacon) – Iranian military personnel likely removed two SIM cards from phones belonging to the 10 American sailors who were detained by Iran overnight last week, the Pentagon said.
“A post-recovery inventory of the boats found that all weapons, ammunition, and communication gear are accounted for minus two SIM cards that appear to have been removed from two handheld satellite phones,” Central Command said in the release.
The 10 American sailors and their two riverine command boats were taken into custody by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps after Iran accused them of drifting into its territorial waters while in the Persian Gulf. The sailors were approached by Iranian boats after one of the Navy craft encountered a mechanical problem, causing the sailors to stop and troubleshoot.
The “preliminary timeline” released Monday did not provide additional insight into what caused the sailors to deviate from their planned route between Kuwait and Bahrain Tuesday, though it noted that a forthcoming Navy command investigation will yield more details about the circumstances of the detention.
“A Navy command investigation initiated on Jan. 14, will provide a more complete accounting of events,” Central Command said.
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