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Ruling the waves...or waiving the rules?

18 April 2008

Guy Aitchison (London, OK): The handy security update sent out daily by terrorism.oD informs me that the MoD has now confirmed that the fifteen UK sailors taken captive by Iran in March of last year were not seized in Iraqi waters. In March 2007 Des Browne told the Commons that "there is no doubt that HMS Cornwall was operating in Iraqi waters and that the incident itself took place in Iraqi waters . . ." But documents released under Freedom of Information show that they were in waters that had been in dispute since the Iran-Iraq war. The boundary on the map which the MoD claimed was the “Iraq/Iran Territorial Water Boundary” had been unilaterally designated by the coalition without telling the Iranians. At the time our media was only too ready to parrot the official line and call for escalations against Iran. Can we now expect a retraction? I'm tempted to put this one down as another victory for the blogosphere, since readers of Craig Murray's blog will have known all along.

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