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UPDATE

Posted by Helen Wednesday, April 04, 2007 ,

Last updated 20:03

Here is a link to a short film of President Ahmadinejad, happily smiling as befits the winner, meeting two of the sailors, who are shown only from their backs.

Later we see all the marines and sailors together - they are all (including LS Turney) wearing suits, which look to be reasonably good fits. Are they bespoke and, if so, how long did it take to do the tailoring? And does that beg the question as to when the decision was made to release the team?

For international comment, see the Telegraph website. Two interesting contributions were:

US defence secretary, Robert Gates: "We welcome the release of the 15 British sailors. It's too bad they were seized in the first place. It's pretty clear they were in Iraqi waters. Letting the diplomatic process work in this case was the best way forward."

Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox: "We all look forward to welcoming them home as soon as possible.

"There will be questions to be asked about this whole episode, but I think it would be prudent to restrict our comments and our questions until all our personnel are back in the UK."

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