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we heard obama cutting the military budget on almost every channel..
US Navy SEALs rescue 13 Iranians captured by Somali pirates
January 6, 2012
The Iranian government had warned the USS Stennis carrier not to return to the region, but in a twist of events, the same ship rescued 13 Iranians who had been held captive by Somali pirates, in the Arabian Sea the Pentagon said on Friday.
The rescue effort came despite days of rising tensions between Iran and the United States, with Tehran issuing threats and warning America not to send the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
But one of the ships accompanying the Stennis, the USS Kidd, came to the aid Thursday of Iranians on the fishing dhow Al Molai, whose captain issued a call for help saying "he was being held captive by the pirates."
The American destroyer responded to the distress call from the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel and sent in a Navy team to free the Iranian crew, the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.
"A visit, board, search and seizure team from Kidd boarded the Al Molai and detained 15 suspected pirates who had been holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage for several weeks," the statement said.
The detained pirates -- believed to be Somalis -- were being held on the Stennis, said a Pentagon spokesman, Captain John Kirby.
"The Iranians and the dhow have been released and are on their way back home,"