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President Ahmadinejad announced the release of the 15 British naval personnel like a card player flinging down his hand to scoop the pool.
Iran had good cards and played them well.
It made its point about defending its borders, dominated international television with pictures of its prisoners and their "confessions" and, when it perhaps judged that it had got as much as it could expect to out of the confrontation, ended it with a flourish.