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Breaking News: A Iraqi official reports that Iranians have seized an Iraqi oil well

The well lies in the disputed Fakka Oil Field, pictured here  (Photo- Atef Hassan/Reuters)

The well lies in the disputed Fakka Oil Field, pictured here (Photo- Atef Hassan/Reuters)

TheĀ  AP via the Washington Post is reporting this morning:

Iraq’s deputy foreign minister says Iranian troops have seized an oil well in southern Iraq along their disputed border.Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Haj Aziz said Friday that Iranian troops seized oil well No. 4 Thursday night.

He said he did not know whether Iranians were still in control of the oil well. He said the Foreign Ministry and the Oil Ministry are coordinating over what steps to take and were considering summoning the Iranian ambassador to discuss the issue on Saturday.

Such incidents have happened before along the Iran-Iraq border, which was never clearly delineated after the brutal war between the two countries in the 1980s.

Very troubling. We will see what develops.

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  • John says:

    It is my (superficial) understanding that despite fighting a nine-year war settled only after months of bellowing about literally every available inch of land to be bellowed over, the borders between Iran and Iraq are sometimes considered to be ambiguous in some places. Can you comment on this notion?

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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