- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 19, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to build a statue of the U.S. sailors who were captured in Iranian waters earlier this year and display it as a “tourist attraction,” a senior officer said. 

“There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments,” Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Guard’s naval forces told Iran’s Defense Press news agency.

The statue is likely to be build on Kharg, a small Iranian island in the Persian Gulf, not far from where the sailors were captured, the Telegraph reported.  

The monument could become a stop for travelers on the Rahian-e-Nour, a semi-mandatory pro-regime pilgrimage that guides visitors to historical spots from the Iran-Iraq war and flaunts the virtues of Iran’s military. 

The statue would serve as the Guard’s latest provocation intended to show their strength and status as major players in Iran

The 10 sailors were captured after their vessel reportedly drifted into Iranian waters near Farsi Island, a military outpost for the Guard. They were detained for 11 hours, during which time they were photographed and filmed. Footage of the sailors in captivity was aired on Iranian national television. 

Earlier this month the Guard test fired two ballistic missiles with the words “Israel must be wiped out” written on them in Hebrew. The missile launch was intended to demonstrate Iran’s capability to strike Israel. 

 

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