Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded medals to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval commanders after the recent arrest of US marines who supposedly trespassed into Iran’s territorial waters.
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the IRGC Navy, as well as four other IRGC navy commanders received Medals of “Fath” (Conquer) from Khamenei on Jan. 31, the leader’s official website reported.
Khamenei also agreed to promote members of the IRGC staff that were involved in the operation after a request from the Armed Forces General Command Headquarters.
On January 13, the IRGC announced that ten US Marines, who had drifted into the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and had been taken into Iranian custody. Iran reports that the sailors were only released after Americans ‘apologized for the incident.’
On Jan. 24, Khamenei hosted the IRGC naval forces who arrested 10 US sailors. He commended as timely and praiseworthy the “brave” move by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces in arresting the sailors.
According to the Trend News Agency in Azerbaijan, Khamenei stated that the praiseworthy measure by the IRGC forces stemmed from their faith and courage and was taken in the right time.