Adding to the controversy surrounding the capture of US sailors by the Iranian military last week is the fact that Iran kept the SIM cards of two US satellite phones. All other items were returned. CENTCOM has published a report that detailed the situation.


WASHINGTON — Iranian soldiers removed two SIM cards from two handheld satellite phones but otherwise returned all weapons, ammunition and equipment when they released 10 U.S. sailors and their two boats last week, the Pentagon said Monday.

The first public report from U.S. Central Command into the incident provided that and other new details but did not answer the key question of why the U.S. Navy crews deviated from their course in the Persian Gulf and entered Iranian waters.