Skip to comments.Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border
Posted on 12/18/2009 5:54:06 AM PST by jhpigott
Al-Amara, Iraq - Iranian troops have claimed an oil well on the border of southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi military officer said Friday. Iranian troops on Thursday "occupied" the "Number 4" oil well in the Eastern Maysan oil field, located in the border district of al- Fakah, Brigadier-General Dhafir Nadhmi said in a statement Friday.
Nadhmi said that Iranian forces had taken control of the well, dug a trench around it, deployed armoured vehicles, and raised the Iranian flag over the well.
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Things may get alot more interesting.
Who knew? What a way to start a Friday.
Iran invading Iraq? Here we go...
Will Obama even give a crap?
Thanks for posting. Very interesting.
I would say so . . . with speculation ramping up (again) of an Israeli strike on Iranian nuke facilities, student protests in Iran, the Iranian test missile launch earlier this week, and news yesterday from a Kuwaiti paper that Tehran and “urgently” summoned the Syrian FM and Hezbollah leader for consultations . . . lot going on
Iran could use a few distractions from their internal troubles.
Real news. And as such unreported by “big media”.
I’m sure Zero will write them a letter and tell them to work it out in a bipartisan manner.
The can send a few attack helicopters over there at 0300, wipe out the element and be back in bed by 0400.
Never trust “REALLY” big oil.
Who owns the oil well? Or who is servicing it?
bloomberg’s article makes reference to this being unverified, but I see no reason why an Iraqi general would lie about something like this . . . I would assume the major outlets are trying to confirm. For Tehroan to end an armored column across the Iraqi border to capture an oil well is BIG NEWS.
“15:41 Iraq`s Dep. Interior Minister: Iran made no incursion into local oilfield (Reuters)”
“14:18 Report: Iran troops ventured onto Iraqi oilfield for several hours (Reuters)”
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could be a local IRGC commander doing his own thing. Wouldn’t be the first time. Many analysts believed the Iranian forces who captured the 15 Brit sailors a few years back were IRGC who were not acting under orders from Tehran
Is he Sunni or Shi'ite?
No, Obama will be too angry to even hold a pen, LOLOL -- surely this news will detract from the Great Speech that the Great One delivered to the freeezing cold global-warmer enthusiasts & true believers -- now all the reporters will be focused upon Iran and not upon BHO.
Sound like a couple of those concrete jdams are custom-made to fix this problem post-haste.
Wake up folks! Notice what is happening!
Iran is already positioned on Saudi Arabia’s flank (Yemen) and now are making overt moves into Iraq.
Big deal... We have to know more about Tiger Woods! Get this trivial Iran/Iraq thing out of the way so we can have more threads about Tiger and we can tsk tsk about his behavior!
FYI *ping* - a possible incident...
Surfs up, off to Hawaii!
Tiger Woods is sooo yesterday but did you hear what comedian Senator Al Franken said to Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday, tsk, tsk, tsk.....
The MSM can't be bothered with real news.
And “who” is going to do anything about this?
Maybe we’ll find out.
Can you invite Sunnis and Shias to a beer summit?
We'll have to wait and see if this is anything more than just a few rebel idiots.
Iran’s goal is hegemony over Saudi Arabia and Iraq. It need not attack Israel, the destruction of which it knows can be entrusted to western politicians.
You are going back to the Reagan years. That’s good.
looks like (for the time being) this incident is over
Iran troops ventured onto Iraqi oilfield — source
Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:14am EST
BAGHDAD, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Iranian troops briefly entered Iraqi territory on Thursday and spent several hours at an Iraqi oilfield, an Iraqi official said on Friday.
A security source in the southeastern Maysan province, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Iranian troops made their way onto the Fakka oilfield, located just on the Iraqi side of the two countries’ long desert border.
The troops withdrew after several hours, the official said. It was not immediately clear why the troops would have undertaken such a move.
According to Arabic-language television reports, Iranian troops entered the Iraqi oilfield and raised an Iranian flag.
[link to www.reuters.com]
Iranian forces yesterday entered Iraqi territory at dawn, and occupied well number 4 in the East Maysan field in al-Fakah region, 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Baghdad, Border Guard General Zaser Nazmi said. The Iranian forces positioned tanks around the well.
The border guards comments couldnt be immediately verified independently.
They positioned tanks around it and dug trenches, Nazmi said by phone from Basra. They are still there, they raised the flag.
East Maysan in southern Iraq is an old oil field that is no longer in production, according to Nazmi. Iraq is the third largest oil producer in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The indigenous thuggery is getting restless, that's all.
Move along people, go back to your lives...
"Iranian troops briefly entered Iraqi territory on Thursday and spent several hours at an Iraqi oilfield, an Iraqi official said on Friday....
"According to Arabic-language television reports, Iranian troops entered the Iraqi oilfield and raised an Iranian flag."
Send in a WartHog.
Obama might need to break out his hookah and stash.
Ever increasing attempts for Iran to play “pay attention to me!”
Or perhaps it’s time for another beer summit?
Iranians Seized Iraqi Oil Well
Or maybe "pay attention to this over here. Pay no attention to that over there..."
ok, maybe this is not over yet and it sounds like this is just one of several incidents in the past few days -
But Mr Khafaji later confirmed the incursion had taken place, and said 11 Iranians had dug-in at the oil well and had not left.
He said there had been no military response from Iraqi forces..
“We are awaiting orders from our leader,” he said.
The incursion is one of several that have occurred in the last few days, he said.
The well is about 500m from an Iranian border fort and about 1km from an Iraqi fort, US Colonel Peter Newell told AFP.
Look at it this way. If we don’t do anything about this, it could really undermine our credibility among the Iraqis. It could certainly be spun into the argument that we’re perfectly willing to beat up on Iraqis, but won’t lift a finger to protect Iraq’s borders and resources from foreign enemies.
That could be a motive for this move. Iran senses that we lack the political will to do anything, so they’re calculating that they’ll be able to weaken us politically in Iraq, which can only work to their benefit.
The Enlightened One is now distracted with health care, global warming and Afghanistan. It is a prime time to make a move to challenge him. He has already shown it takes at least 3 months for him to make a military decision. What have they got to loose?
It would have to be a Goat Summit.
That's very good insight. Makes sense to me. The incident *seems* to be over but it sure gives a lot to think about.
When Iraq invaded Iran Khomeini deliberately dragged out the war for 8 years because it was what helped unite Iranians behind his government, which was wobbly and unstable at the time of the invasion. It was Saddam’s brilliant idea to invade Iran that actually wound up saving Khomeini’s government.
Iran is wobbly and unstable at the moment too. We’ve got a military mutiny going on, a possibly dead supreme ledear, and several million angry, rioting voters. Nothing like taking over some Iraqi oil wells and provoking conflict to try & get the people united behind the regime....(it’s not going to work though)