Earlier today, FARS News Agency claimed that seven US soldiers were detained inside Iran in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. The report has since been withdrawn, and interestingly enough both the US Department of Defense and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and even Pakistan’s foreign minister, have denied the report. From Iran’s Press TV:
IRGC has rejected the reports as unfounded and says no US troops have been arrested.
“No American troop has been arrested. We deny it,” Ali Mohammad Azad, the governor of Sistan-Baluchestan Province, told the Arabic-language channel Al-Alam.
The Pentagon also denied arrest reports as false. “We have no missing soldiers. All accounted for,” AFP quoted Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell as saying.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP that “There are no US soldiers there — the question of arrest does not arise.”
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