Iranian Troops Invade Iraq, Seize Oil Well - Report

World | December 18, 2009, Friday // 17:41
Iranian Troops Enter Iraq, Seize Oil Well - Report: Iranian Troops Invade Iraq, Seize Oil Well - Report Iranian Army soldiers march during a military parade in Tehran, Iran, 18 April 2009, marking the country's army day. Photo by BGNES

Iranian troops have entered southern Iraqi territory and taken control of an oil well, reports say.

An Iraqi official played down the incident, saying the area was abandoned and right on a disputed border section, the BBC reported.

Iranian forces entered Iraqi territory at dawn and occupied well number 4 in the East Maysan oil field.

Iranian soldiers crossed the border and raised an Iranian flag over the Fakkah oil field, a US military spokesman told the AFP news agency.

Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister confirmed the Iranians stayed in Iraq and were in control of the well.

Earlier it was reported that they had withdrawn back across the border.

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