Because they can. Who is going to stop them? The UN may wring its hands, but so what? “Iran Forces Occupy Iraqi Oil Well, Border Guard Says (Update1),” by Maher Chmaytelli and Kadhim Ajrash for Bloomberg, December 18:
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) — Iranian forces yesterday entered Iraqi territory at dawn and occupied well number 4 in the East Maysan oil field, Border Guard General Zafer Nazmi said.
The Iranian forces positioned tanks around the well, which is in the al-Fakah region, 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Baghdad. The two neighbors have disputed the border of southeast Iraq for decades.
“They positioned tanks around it and dug trenches,” General Nazmi said by phone from Basra. “They are still there, they raised the flag.”
East Maysan in southern Iraq is an old oil field that is no longer in production, according to Nazmi. Iraq is the third largest oil producer in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and Iran….