'Iran Invades Iraq': Oil Field Siezed in Disputed Territory
Iran "invaded" part of Iraq, according to Iraqi officials. Iranian troops siezed an oil field north of Basra last night, and have been entrenching ever since. A likely motive for the incursion is Iran's unwillingness to see Iraq's rich oil reserves getting sold off to foreign companies, thus supplanting Iran's lofty position in the petroleum economy.
Baghdad officials said a meeting of the National Security Council had been convened before the Iranian ambassador was summoned to hear an official protest.
The shared border of Iran and Iraq is contested territory that has remained an uneasy fault line since the end of a debilitating war that stretched over eight years in the 1980s.
Iran asserts that the field is in Iranian territory, as, even after the US-led invasion of Iraq that deposed Saddam Hussein and replaced him with a government more friendly to Iran, the region in the northeast of Iraq remains disputed. It's more than just land: it's money, too, and Iran's moves on the region have been going on for years.
Amir al-Rashadi, a spokesman at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, said, “We don’t have any information about this, but we suspect it is all lies.”