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Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well
AFP ^ | 12/18/09

Posted on 12/18/2009 8:43:07 AM PST by null and void

NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP.

"There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

"The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said, adding that such incidents occur quite frequently.

Well 4 lies in the Fauqa Field, part of a cluster of fields Iraq unsuccessfully put up for auction to oil majors in June. The field has estimated reserves of 1.55 million barrels.

The field is about 500 metres (yards) from an Iranian border fort and about 1 kilometre from an Iraqi border fort, US Colonel Peter Newell said, adding that it falls on the Iraqi side of a border agreed between the two countries.

There are five other similar fields that also fall into disputed territory, he said.

"What happens is, periodically, about every three or four months, the oil ministry guys from Iraq will go ... to fix something or do some maintenance. They'll paint it in Iraqi colours and throw an Iraqi flag up.

He added that the Iraqis are "very concerned about the Iranians pulling oil out of fields underneath Iraq."

Iran has prevented Iraqi oil officials from reaching the well in the past, an industry source said. The Iraqis have accused Iran of firing on their people, something Tehran has denied.

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Casus belli?
1 posted on 12/18/2009 8:43:07 AM PST by null and void
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To: null and void
Minister denies Iranian forces ventured onto Iraqi oilfield

Iraq's deputy interior minister has denied a report by an Iraqi security source who claimed Iranian troops had briefly occupied an oilfield located on the Iraqi side of the two countries’ lengthy desert border.

2 posted on 12/18/2009 8:44:53 AM PST by Schnucki
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“There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran,” a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

Seriously???!!! What lock box has our nuts been placed in?? We are a freakin joke!!


3 posted on 12/18/2009 8:45:35 AM PST by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: null and void
"There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP

Meaning all your disputed areas are belong to Iran.

4 posted on 12/18/2009 8:45:56 AM PST by skeeter
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To: null and void
The "Force" is weak in this one.
Everybody else can smell the weakness in this one.





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5 posted on 12/18/2009 8:47:34 AM PST by Bon mots
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No prob....The Appeaser in Chief will kick thier asses.


6 posted on 12/18/2009 8:48:50 AM PST by clintonh8r (Oath Keeper and Manhattan Declaration signer)
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To: clintonh8r

it is spelled “kiss” not “kick”


7 posted on 12/18/2009 8:52:03 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

Good one!


8 posted on 12/18/2009 8:54:28 AM PST by clintonh8r (Oath Keeper and Manhattan Declaration signer)
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To: null and void; jessduntno
AP's take here
9 posted on 12/18/2009 8:56:48 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 331 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

Bambi’s just glad they did it on a Friday...Maybe some people won’t notice that he has no backbone until Monday.


10 posted on 12/18/2009 8:57:59 AM PST by libs_kma (If you RAM it down our throats in 2009, we're going to SHOVE it up your "donkey" in 2010!!!!!)
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To: null and void

gotta have kabuki theater to get the price of a barrel of crude up, ya know


11 posted on 12/18/2009 9:01:26 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: null and void

The O will retreat.


12 posted on 12/18/2009 9:07:44 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

Get the Daisey Cutter and bomb the god dam well!


13 posted on 12/18/2009 9:09:53 AM PST by angcat ("MERRY CHRISTMAS")
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To: null and void

14 posted on 12/18/2009 9:10:59 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: null and void

BO doesn’t want a cassus belli.


15 posted on 12/18/2009 9:11:14 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: null and void

Defense Secretary Gates welcomes Persian occupiers in the interests of diversity.


16 posted on 12/18/2009 9:11:14 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Impy; TigersEye; floriduh voter; MHGinTN; snippy_about_it; ovrtaxt; syriacus; TigerLikesRooster; ...

Ping!


17 posted on 12/18/2009 9:11:46 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: null and void

What will the false Messiah do?

18 posted on 12/18/2009 9:12:31 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: null and void

Can’t wait for Cheney’s comments.


19 posted on 12/18/2009 9:13:08 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Reagan Man

Exactly. Obama will also somehow blame Bush for his current epic failure in Copenhagen.

I wonder how proud Oprah is of her B+ savior?


20 posted on 12/18/2009 9:14:36 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: angcat
Get the Daisey Cutter and bomb the god dam well!

Ain't going to happen.

21 posted on 12/18/2009 9:15:04 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

Iran is testing Obama, just like it did Jimmy Carter.


22 posted on 12/18/2009 9:17:38 AM PST by Melchior
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To: null and void

“we will be tested and you will not be happy with the response” {or words to that effect], said Slow Joe.


23 posted on 12/18/2009 9:25:28 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
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To: Melchior

Exactly. They know he is weak and foolish and in the gutter in the polls.

The ONLY thing Obama has going is his jail that all of his chicago thugs will get paid for to move terrorists from a state of the art court and superb miltary set-up in Gitmo.

He is wasting millions more dollars just to bash Bush and clear out Gitmo to give it to Castro.

SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ALMIGHTY IN HEAVEN CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT! THERE ARE so many articles to chose from for a write up!


24 posted on 12/18/2009 9:25:45 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: angcat

why destroy the well? go for the border fort


25 posted on 12/18/2009 9:27:36 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
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To: Melchior
From another time in Iraq's history: "Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace ... Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.' ... 'TEKEL'--you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient..."

When is America going to see the writing on the wall and see that Obama has been found deficient?

26 posted on 12/18/2009 9:30:35 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: Melchior
Iran is testing Obama, just like it did Jimmy Carter.

Time for an 0bamaBow to AkbarNutJob.

27 posted on 12/18/2009 9:33:57 AM PST by Aroostook25
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To: null and void

They don’t need oil. They have nuclear!


28 posted on 12/18/2009 9:35:42 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: NonValueAdded
“we will be tested and you will not be happy with the response” {or words to that effect], said Slow Joe.

I'm not.

29 posted on 12/18/2009 9:42:38 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 331 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void; newgeezer
Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well

What better way to mock our last 8 years there and show what will happen the minute we leave.

30 posted on 12/18/2009 9:47:49 AM PST by DungeonMaster (camel, eye of a needle; rich man, heaven)
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To: NonValueAdded

I’m so annoyed. The Kenyan is discussing Global Warming he is such an evil evil evil loser! I bought 4 bottles of wine because of all this.


31 posted on 12/18/2009 9:54:37 AM PST by angcat ("MERRY CHRISTMAS")
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To: Schnucki

So who’s telling the truth here?


32 posted on 12/18/2009 9:58:04 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: jhpigott

FYI, here’s a second thread over here.


33 posted on 12/18/2009 10:01:26 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

"The dynamic Siamese twin duo of Dumb and Dumber will save the day!"

34 posted on 12/18/2009 10:09:21 AM PST by montyspython ("I don't believe in 'no win' scenarios." - James T. Kirk)
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In case anyone's interested, there's another thread about these incursions, too:

Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border

Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border

35 posted on 12/18/2009 10:13:39 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: null and void

This seems big. Is it big? Why doesn’t anybody else think it’s big? Isn’t it big? HAve they retweeted?


36 posted on 12/18/2009 10:19:24 AM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: ichabod1

Buried in the story is the fact that this happens to these particular wellheads every few months.

Some day (soon) Iran is going to try to make it stick.


37 posted on 12/18/2009 10:22:28 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 331 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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Iran invades 'Iraqi' territory to seize oil field

Iran staged an invasion of Iraqi territory on Friday as it established tank positions around an oilfield north of Basra raising fresh fears for Middle East stability.

38 posted on 12/18/2009 10:29:29 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Since when has the middle east been stable? LOL


39 posted on 12/18/2009 10:32:07 AM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: null and void

Nothing to see here, move along...

Reminds me of the National Intelligence Report 2007 that said Iran was a good 10 years from developing nuclear weapons....


40 posted on 12/18/2009 10:32:52 AM PST by griswold3 (You think health care is expensive now? Just wait till it's FREE!)
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To: null and void
"Contingency Operating Base Adder"--gag me. >:-o

Kiss that oil well goodbye, Iraq.
41 posted on 12/18/2009 10:40:11 AM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: null and void

This whole thing depends on what Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah wants to accomplish and the last I heard of him he was staining his robes running and hiding from what was probably an Israeli “proof-that-we-know-where-you-live” incident.

Does anybody have an update on that report of a few days ago?


42 posted on 12/18/2009 10:53:07 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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The Iranians merely wish to make sure that the oil isn't used by capitalist pigs in a way that would contribute to climate change.
43 posted on 12/18/2009 11:05:17 AM PST by syriacus (Distances From Thomson prison TO Miss R, 1mi; Miss R locks, 6mi; Miss R. bridge, 9; USInterstate, 25)
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To: clintonh8r
No prob....The Appeaser in Chief will kick thier asses lick their boots.

There fixed that for you.

44 posted on 12/18/2009 11:22:34 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: null and void

Of course you won’t hear a response from Obama. You won’t hear a response from Maliki—this time.

I have a feeling when Iraq gets F-16s and their next shipment of M1 Abrams tanks (at least one shipment of 35 tanks has already been delivered), Iran is going to think twice about these shenanigans. This can’t happen soon enough.


45 posted on 12/18/2009 11:30:58 AM PST by ksm1
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To: Melchior

“Iran is testing Obama, just like it did Jimmy Carter”

Damn right it is. As we sit with our thumbs up our hind end, they’ll next occupy something bigger and more prominent, like a border city. After all, the “United” States won’t offer any credible resistance, not under its current regime.


46 posted on 12/18/2009 11:31:18 AM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: ScottinVA
. After all, the “United” States won’t offer any credible resistance, not under its current regime.

I worry that zer0 will start babbling about the Iraqi army "standing up" and "taking responsibility." They will, inexpertly, and cause a terrible incident. They just aren't ready for prime time nor is their heart in it.

"If it is Allah's will."

47 posted on 12/18/2009 11:41:05 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: null and void

On the bright side, any workers will soon have new cheap suits.


48 posted on 12/18/2009 11:41:45 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: edge10

Somebody already did.


49 posted on 12/18/2009 11:45:39 AM PST by clintonh8r (Oath Keeper and Manhattan Declaration signer)
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To: ScottinVA

Can it please be November 2010 already?


50 posted on 12/18/2009 11:47:39 AM PST by ksm1
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