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Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/300012,iraqi-general-iranian-troops-occupy-oil-well-on-iraqi-border.html ^

Posted on 12/18/2009 5:54:06 AM PST by jhpigott

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not familiar with this news source, however the story was originally broke on bloomberg just a little while ago. Would have posted that article, but Bloomberg articles are blocked on FR
1 posted on 12/18/2009 5:54:08 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: maquiladora; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

ping


2 posted on 12/18/2009 5:54:51 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Things may get alot more interesting.


3 posted on 12/18/2009 5:56:15 AM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

Who knew? What a way to start a Friday.


4 posted on 12/18/2009 5:58:27 AM PST by refermech
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To: jhpigott

Iran invading Iraq? Here we go...


5 posted on 12/18/2009 6:01:46 AM PST by SueRae
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To: jhpigott

Will Obama even give a crap?


6 posted on 12/18/2009 6:02:21 AM PST by GeronL
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To: jhpigott

Thanks for posting. Very interesting.


7 posted on 12/18/2009 6:03:09 AM PST by PGalt
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

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


8 posted on 12/18/2009 6:03:57 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Iran could use a few distractions from their internal troubles.


9 posted on 12/18/2009 6:04:50 AM PST by rhombus
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To: jhpigott

Real news. And as such unreported by “big media”.


10 posted on 12/18/2009 6:05:47 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: jhpigott

I’m sure Zero will write them a letter and tell them to work it out in a bipartisan manner.


11 posted on 12/18/2009 6:07:53 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: jhpigott

The can send a few attack helicopters over there at 0300, wipe out the element and be back in bed by 0400.


12 posted on 12/18/2009 6:10:48 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: jhpigott

Never trust “REALLY” big oil.


13 posted on 12/18/2009 6:12:05 AM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: jhpigott

Who owns the oil well? Or who is servicing it?


14 posted on 12/18/2009 6:14:56 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: FromLori; blam; muawiyah; SunkenCiv; Nachum; onyx; SJackson; Yehuda; Cinnamon Girl; ...

*ping*


15 posted on 12/18/2009 6:16:01 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

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.


16 posted on 12/18/2009 6:18:40 AM PST by jhpigott
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17 posted on 12/18/2009 6:22:19 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: hennie pennie

Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects...wTickers.jhtml

“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


18 posted on 12/18/2009 6:23:05 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
Is this well in that part of the border region that has been in question for years and years? I don’t recall the specifics, but there’s an area along the Iraq/Iran border that has been disputed, often with armed conflict.
19 posted on 12/18/2009 6:23:11 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: GeronL
I don't know...

Is he Sunni or Shi'ite?

20 posted on 12/18/2009 6:24:49 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: listenhillary
>>> "I'm sure Zero will write them a letter and tell them to work it out in a bipartisan manner." <<<

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.

LOL

21 posted on 12/18/2009 6:25:12 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: jhpigott

Sound like a couple of those concrete jdams are custom-made to fix this problem post-haste.


22 posted on 12/18/2009 6:29:26 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: jhpigott

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.


23 posted on 12/18/2009 6:31:37 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Real news. And as such unreported by “big media”.

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!

24 posted on 12/18/2009 6:32:54 AM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: nuconvert; sonofstrangelove; paulycy; Bobalu; PIF; American Constitutionalist; Erik Latranyi; ...

FYI *ping* - a possible incident...


25 posted on 12/18/2009 6:34:08 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: jhpigott
Well Brigadier General Dhafir Nadhmi, do something about it! Order your unit to take the oil well back! Just Do It and don't come belly aching to the US.
26 posted on 12/18/2009 6:35:34 AM PST by 2001convSVT ("Only Property Owners that pay taxes should have the right to Vote")
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To: rjp2005
The Muslim of The United States (MOTUS) is receiving his Festivus wish ahead of time. May Allah be with him.

Surfs up, off to Hawaii!

27 posted on 12/18/2009 6:36:35 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
>>>> "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!" <<<

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.

28 posted on 12/18/2009 6:36:48 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

And “who” is going to do anything about this?

Exactly...


29 posted on 12/18/2009 6:37:50 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: metesky

Maybe we’ll find out.


30 posted on 12/18/2009 6:40:52 AM PST by GeronL
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To: listenhillary
I’m sure Zero will write them a letter and tell them to work it out in a bipartisan manner.

Can you invite Sunnis and Shias to a beer summit?

31 posted on 12/18/2009 6:40:55 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: jhpigott
Starting a war with Iraq does make a certain amount of twisted sense for Iran, not that they will benefit from it as much as they might think they will.

We'll have to wait and see if this is anything more than just a few rebel idiots.

32 posted on 12/18/2009 6:42:32 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: jhpigott

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.


33 posted on 12/18/2009 6:42:32 AM PST by bsf2009
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To: MSF BU

You are going back to the Reagan years. That’s good.


34 posted on 12/18/2009 6:44:04 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: paulycy

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]


35 posted on 12/18/2009 6:45:03 AM PST by jhpigott
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http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6054

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 guard’s comments couldn’t 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.

36 posted on 12/18/2009 6:46:54 AM PST by HangnJudge
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Iranian troops entered the Iraqi oilfield and raised an Iranian flag.

The indigenous thuggery is getting restless, that's all.

Move along people, go back to your lives...

37 posted on 12/18/2009 6:47:18 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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>>>>

"Iranian troops briefly entered Iraqi territory on Thursday and spent several hours at an Iraqi oilfield, an Iraqi official said on Friday....

[__snip__]

"According to Arabic-language television reports, Iranian troops entered the Iraqi oilfield and raised an Iranian flag."

38 posted on 12/18/2009 6:53:53 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: jhpigott

Send in a WartHog.

LLS


39 posted on 12/18/2009 6:57:13 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: paulycy

Obama might need to break out his hookah and stash.


40 posted on 12/18/2009 7:20:02 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: paulycy

Ever increasing attempts for Iran to play “pay attention to me!”


41 posted on 12/18/2009 7:22:22 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: listenhillary

Or perhaps it’s time for another beer summit?


42 posted on 12/18/2009 7:24:29 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: jhpigott

Update:

Iranians Seized Iraqi Oil Well

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9372194


43 posted on 12/18/2009 7:26:37 AM PST by jersey117
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“pay attention to me!”

Or maybe "pay attention to this over here. Pay no attention to that over there..."

44 posted on 12/18/2009 7:39:52 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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ok, maybe this is not over yet and it sounds like this is just one of several incidents in the past few days -

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8420774.stm

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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.


45 posted on 12/18/2009 7:40:57 AM PST by jhpigott
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To: paulycy

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.


46 posted on 12/18/2009 7:45:14 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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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?


47 posted on 12/18/2009 7:45:29 AM PST by Flint
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Can you invite Sunnis and Shias to a beer summit?

It would have to be a Goat Summit.

48 posted on 12/18/2009 7:47:16 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: The Pack Knight
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.

That's very good insight. Makes sense to me. The incident *seems* to be over but it sure gives a lot to think about.

49 posted on 12/18/2009 7:47:49 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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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)


50 posted on 12/18/2009 7:48:43 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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