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Fifteen British sailors and marines held captive for nearly two weeks left Iran early Thursday with sweets and souvenirs, a day after the announcement of their release defused a growing confrontation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed their return but called for continued international pressure on Tehran following the deaths of four servicemen in an attack in Iraq earlier in the day.
"Now it is far too early to say that the particular terrorist act that killed our forces was an acted committed by terrorists that were backed by any elements of the Iranian regime, so I make no allegation in respect of that particular incident," Blair said.