Posted on Wed, Mar. 28, 2007
By Robert H. Reid
Associated Press

Shifting river channels, national rivalries and decades-old grudges all complicate what should be a simple question: whether British sailors were in Iraqi or Iranian waters when they were seized by Iranian forces.

The British insist the 15 sailors and marines were in Iraqi waters of the Shatt al-Arab waterway when they were captured Friday by naval units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. At the time, the British were inspecting an Indian-flagged ship suspected of smuggling cars.

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