Iran to return detained US sailors early Wednesday

WASHINGTON - Plans are in place for Iran to return 10 US sailors to a US Navy vessel in international waters early Wednesday, after they were taken into custody while traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain, a US defence official said late Tuesday.

The official said it was deemed safer to carry out the exchange in daylight. The plans call for Iran to bring the sailors to international waters, where they will be transferred to a vessel from the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear what would happen with the two riverine patrol boats that the sailors - nine men and one woman - were on when they were detained by Iran. Iran had assured the US government that the sailors were being treated well and there were no injuries, the official added.

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