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    U.S. Rescues Captured Iranians

    U.S. Navy sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd  greet a crew member of the Iranian fishing vessel, the Al Molai Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 in the Arabian Sea. The political tensions between the U.S. and Iran over transit in and around the Persian Gulf gave way Friday to photos of rescued Iranian fisherman happily wearing American Navy ball caps. The fishermen were rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The rescue came just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf _ an irony not lost on U.S. officials who trumpeted the news on Friday. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

    U.S. Navy / AP Photos

    U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis broke up a pirate attack on Friday and rescued 13 Iranians, who had been held hostage for roughly 45 days. The ship intercepted and captured 15 Somali pirates who had been attacking a vessel called The Sunshine, a cargo ship en route from France to Iran. The pirates were not aware that the Stennis and other U.S. ships were just a few miles from their position. Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller, who was aboard the Stennis during the incident said, “These might be the dumbest pirates ever.” Earlier this week, Iran officials had threatened the Stennis with the “full force” of the Iranian military if it tried to reenter the Persian Gulf.

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