Three years ago eight British sailors and Marines were seized while delivering boats to Iraqi forces on the Shatt Al Arab waterway in southern Iraq. Last week it happened again: 15 Brits were grabbed by Iranian gunboat crews after completing a boarding operation. I resisted posting about this before because, quite honestly, I figured the captives would’ve been released by now. Last time, the Iranians caved after just three days. But it looks like our Persian pals are going all the way this time: the kidnapped Brits have been taken to Tehran. This thing is rapidly escalating into a major diplomatic crisis. At its root, however, it’s a cartographic problem. The border between Iran and southern Iraq is poorly mapped and, in places, contested. This has created all sorts of problems for tribal residents who’ve been accused of being Iranian agents after they were caught unwittingly crossing the border while fishing.
Patrol the Shatt with British forces below:
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