>> The US Navy firing the commander of ten American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in January, and were briefly detained. In an incident that just stopped short of becoming an international crisis. In a statement Thursday, the Navy saying it has lost confidence in commander Eric Rasch.
A U.S. official adding that Rasch demonstrated a lack of oversight, complacency and failure to maintain standards in his unit. The ten Americans had been intercepted off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf on January 12th after the diesel engine in one of their boats developed a mechanical problem. Iran's supreme leader awarded medals to his commanders who captured the US sailors.
State media showed videos of the detainees, with scenes of revolutionary guards aiming weapons at the sailors as they knelt. They were freed 15 hours later, after Secretary of State John Kerry intervened. Averting a diplomatic crisis just days before the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, and the lifting of international sanctions.
The Navy has not yet released the results of its investigation.