U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (C) listens to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testify about the Pentagon budget before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 17, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)
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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday called Iran's brief detention of American sailors in the Gulf earlier this year an "outrageous" action inconsistent with international law.Iran held 10 US sailors for less than 24 hours in January after intercepting them in Iranian territorial waters off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf when their two small attack boats mistakenly veered off course. On Tuesday, Iran said it had retrieved thousands of pages of information from devices used by the American sailors.
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