Iran briefly seizes US surface drones from Red Sea

Iran says its navy seized two unmanned US drones from the Red Sea.

Iranian state television aired footage it said came from the deck of the Iranian navy’s Jamaran destroyer, where lifejacket-wearing sailors examined two Saildrone Explorers. They tossed one overboard as another warship could be seen in the distance.

Iran has no coastline along the Red Sea, a crucial international waterway lying between the Arabian Peninsula and northeastern Africa.

The country’s state TV reported the navy took control of them to prevent an accident after “issuing warnings” to the US fleet. They were later released – video showed several crew members pushing the drones into the sea from their vessel.

This is the second such incident in recent days as negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear deal hangs in the balance.

Image Credit: U.S. Navy via AP