US NAVY RESCUES IRANIAN HOSTAGES

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STORY: US NAVY RESCUES IRANIAN HOSTAGESDATELINE: Jan. 7, 2012LENGTH: 0:00:44LOCATION: WashingtonCATEGORY: POLITICSVOThe U.S. Navy says that it has rescued 13 Iranian hostages held by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea.It follows days after tension escalated as Iran warned against the return to the Gulf by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group.The U.S. forces on Friday said they freed the Iranians without firing a shot. Fifteen pirates believed to be from Somalia were taken prisoner. The Iranians headed home after the U.S. Navy team gave them food, water and medical care.The Whitehouse announced there has been no official communication with Iran about the rescue.The rescue operation comes at at time with rising tension between the U.S. and Iran, whose military chief had warned Washington against sending the aircraft carrier back to the Gulf. The U.S. aircraft carrier was sent to the Gulf to observe the 10-day Iranian naval exercises that started from last December. The U.S. rejected this
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