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Iranian Soldiers Take Control of Iraqi Oil Well

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Posted on Dec 18, 2009
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A U.S. official told The Associated Press that although Iranians have crossed the border before, they had not previously ventured as far as the al-Fakkah field, about 200 miles from Baghdad. The oil well above is in Basra, along the Iraq-Iran border.

Iranian troops have again entered Iraqi territory, though in a disputed border section, and taken control of an oil well in the al-Fakkah field, about 200 miles from Baghdad.  —JCL

AP via Google:

Iranian troops have crossed into Iraqi territory and seized an oil well that lies in a disputed area along the two countries’ southern border, Iraq’s deputy foreign Minster said Friday.

The deputy minister, Mohammed Haj Mahmoud, said Iranian troops seized oil well No. 4 Thursday night in the al-Fakkah oil field, located about 200 miles (about 320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad. The oil field is one of Iraq’s largest.

[...] “We are coordinating with the Oil Ministry regarding this issue. This is not the first time that the Iranians have tried to prevent Iraqis from investing in oil fields in border areas. Tomorrow, we might summon the Iranian ambassador to discuss this issue,” Mahmoud told The Associated Press.

The al-Fakkah field is considered a shared field between Iran and Iraq, meaning both nations are able to pump oil from it, but the Iraqis consider oil well No. 4 theirs.

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By tropicgirl, December 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

I love the suggestion that Iran is stealing oil, coming from ANYONE in the U.S.

To top it off, American men and women died and continue to die for oil
companies that are INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES. There are no “American” oil
companies. There is no “energy at home” or any “foreign oil”. It’s ALL “foreign” oil,
certainly not American. That is what the trade deals are for…

This area was always supposed to belong to Iran, given the U.S. occupation of
Iraq, it makes it even more important to take it back now.

“....i’m shocked, shocked, to see gambling (stealing oil) going on here…. but here’s
YOUR winnings, sir….”

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By ardee, December 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

If this is a shared oil field then the TD headline is more than a bit misleading..is it not?

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By jean Gerard, December 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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Fortunately, “no US troops were in the area.”

Amen!  If they had been, there would undoubtedly have been an immediate
shoot-out followed by a release to AP Worldwide that we were “called in” to
“assist” the Iraqis who were unable to “defend” “their” property.

Facts such as “the wells have been shared” and “the territory has been in
dispute” etc. etc. would have been “disappeared”, CentCom would have sent in
a few drones to wipe out a few wedding parties and McChrystal would be on his
way back to Washington to ask for 30,000 more “boots on the ground.” 

Excuse the sarcasm, but sadly, things have got just about that bad and such a
scenario is not impossible.

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By Hamid, December 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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That oil field belongs to Iranians only. It’s about time we took it back.

No dispute there.

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By Ed Harges, December 18, 2009 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

If you actually read the article, it’s clear that this disputed oil well was supposed
to be shared by the two countries.

It was the Iraqis who violated this arrangement and declared it to be wholly theirs.
Iraq “seized” it, contrary to the settled agreement. Now, Iran has answered Iraq’s
aggression by asserting itself to the contrary.

Oh, but we mustn’t let any of these messy facts get in the way of a nice
inflammatory headline that can help to drum up a war against Iran for Israel,
right?

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