Iranian troops take control on oil well in southern Iraq

Published December 18th, 2009 - 03:25 GMT

Iraq's deputy foreign minister said Iranian soldiers had seized an oil well in southern Iraq along their border. According to the AP, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Haj Aziz said Friday that Iranian troops seized oil well No. 4 Thursday night.

 

He conveyed he did not know whether Iranians were still in control of the oil well. According to him, 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.

 

"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. "The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said.

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