Skip to comments.Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well
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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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.
“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!!
Meaning all your disputed areas are belong to Iran.
No prob....The Appeaser in Chief will kick thier asses.
it is spelled “kiss” not “kick”
Bambi’s just glad they did it on a Friday...Maybe some people won’t notice that he has no backbone until Monday.
gotta have kabuki theater to get the price of a barrel of crude up, ya know
The O will retreat.
Get the Daisey Cutter and bomb the god dam well!
BO doesn’t want a cassus belli.
Defense Secretary Gates welcomes Persian occupiers in the interests of diversity.
What will the false Messiah do?
Can’t wait for Cheney’s comments.
Exactly. Obama will also somehow blame Bush for his current epic failure in Copenhagen.
I wonder how proud Oprah is of her B+ savior?
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