Iran and Iraq in Oil Well Dispute: Iran Retreats, But Soldiers Stay in Iraq

December 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A month before a disputed border between Iran and Iraq along the Shatt al-Arab waterway, is due to be demarcated, Iranian troops entered the disputed territory in the South, took over an oil well, dispersing Iraqi workers and planting an Iranian flag. Over the weekend the two countries engaged in sternly worded exchanges. On Sunday the Iranian soldiers left the oil well, but remained on Iraqi soil.

On Friday, Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Co in the southeastern city of Amara, reported that about a dozen Iranian troops and technicians descended on the oil field, and took control of Well 4. Iraqi officials demanded that “Tehran pull back the armed men who occupied Well No 4” and called the takeover “a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

Iran responded, saying its soldiers had a right to be there, because the territory belonged to Iran. “Our forces are on our own soil and, based on the known internationalal borders, this well belongs to Iran,” said a commander of the country’s armed forces.

Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hajj Hamud issued a complaint to Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad. “We summoned Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad … to tell him that this attack is unacceptable and our ambassador to Tehran delivered a note to their foreign ministry to ask them to pull out their troops,” said al-Hajj Hamud.

This is the first time Iran has been bold enough to invade Iraqi soil and take over Well 4. In years past, Iranian soldiers would shoot at well workers, but this new escalation doesn’t bode well for a peaceful settling of the border dispute.

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