Iranian Revolutionary Guards volunteers.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Iran's Revolutionary Guards have denied reports that seven US soldiers were arrested on Sunday, according to an al-Alam report cited by Reuters. The semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported the incident earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Reuters also quoted NATO spokesman US Capt. Ryan Donald as saying that no US soldiers were missing.
Fars had not reported where the incident took place, and gave no further information.
The BBC reported that there are no US troops usually stationed in the
area, and noted that the Fars news agency is "known to be close" to the
Al-Jazeera also cited the Fars report, which added that "Two Iranians
accompanying the troops were also arrested."
The reported incident came as an American woman released from Iran
more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United
States on Saturday.
Sarah Shourd and two other Americans were detained in July 2009 along
the Iraqi border. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments, which
could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for
Shourd. Their families say that if they crossed the border, they did so