iranIranian troops have seized an oil well in Iraq

The takeover of an Iraqi oil well by a group of armed Iranians who crossed the border was a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, a government spokesman has said.

Iraqi spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the seizure in an area of disputed territory demonstrates the need for a clearly defined southern border with Iran.

Iraq’s national security council met to discuss the takeover of well No 4 by the Iranian group in the al-Fakkah oil field.

Al-Dabbagh said in a statement after the meeting that Iraq and Iran have begun diplomatic talks as a result of the incursion.

The takeover happened on Thursday night in Iraq’s Maysan province, about 200 miles south-east of Baghdad.

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