CBS led with a report from Baghdad--but not about Iraq. Allen Pizzey covered the detention of 15 British military personnel by Iran. The crew of sailors and marines was patrolling the waters near the Shaat al-Arab waterway in the very north of the Persian Gulf when they may or may not have strayed into Iran's territorial waters. CBS' computer graphics depicted the pickle the British were in: a couple of inflatable rafts surrounded by six Revolutionary Guard gunboats with "heavy bow-mounted guns."
At the Pentagon, CBS' David Martin called Iran's flotilla of high-speed gunboats "only part of a much larger struggle for control" of the Gulf. Also from the Pentagon, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski observed that the United States has a pair of aircraft carriers in the region but is being "very careful not to provoke a military clash." The US views the Britain-Iran conflict as "a diplomatic matter not a military fight." ABC only mentioned the incident in passing.
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