Immediately after Iran captured American sailors a couple weeks ago, the Islamic Republic began using the incident for propaganda, even though the U.S. naval crews were released. Now, CNN's Mariano Castillo reports that Iran has awarded medals to the generals in charge of the capture:
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on Sunday awarded Fath medals to five commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps naval forces for the detention of 10 American sailors who trespassed into Iranian waters, according the official state news agency Press TV...
The Fath (Victory) medal is among the highest honors that Iran's supreme leader can bestow on a military leader. It is rarely awarded.
Khamenei praised the generals as "brave" and commended them for bringing the Americans ashore.
The capture of the U.S. sailors "was in fact an act of God, who brought the Americans into our waters so they would be arrested with their hands on their heads through your timely measure," Khamenei said, according to Press TV.