Iran "Seeks to Sabotage Iraq's Oil Drive"

According to a report from UPI, global security consultancy Stratfor says Iran is systematically stealing Iraq's oil, either by siphoning it off from pipelines to boost its own exports, or by extending its control over Iraq's southern oilfields in Shiite-controlled Basra province:

"Iran's deep political, economic and militant links in Iraq -- particularly in the … south -- will help Tehran manage the near-term politics of Iraq's oil-driven ascent ... And illicit trade links pervasive in Iraq's southern border regions could even allow Iran to reap financial rewards from increased Iraqi production …

"Iran has many avenues of influence in Iraq, but it cannot provide Baghdad the technology or investment needed to extract Iraq's energy wealth. Instead, Iran has embarked on a series of oil-smuggling schemes that allow it to siphon off Iraqi crude for its own exports and secure access to installations in Iraq's southern oil fields."

Stratfor estimates that 10 percent of Basra's oil production, with a market value of more than $20 million a day, is being stolen via a network of Tehran-backed politicians, oil unions and militias.

Smuggled crude can be blended with Iranian crude to help disguise the origin.

Iraq is poised to overtake Iran in terms of oil output in the next couple of months to become OPEC's second largest producer for the first time since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

"Ideally, Iran would like to see southern Iraq evolve into a single, Shiite-dominated state within an Iraqi federation that would serve as an Iranian satellite," Stratfor observed.

(Source: UPI)

3 Responses to Iran "Seeks to Sabotage Iraq's Oil Drive"

  1. Sammy 2nd June 2012 at 03:19 #

    market value of more than $20 million a day!!!
    and Iraqi people are living on the brinks, I suspect that alot of the Miserable Shiite politicians will see that as nother conspiracy againt the love between the shiite and Iran, because the are anti American. No it is the ugly truth that the biggest enemy of Iraq and the mideast is Iran, much worse than Israel. When will the Iraqi people realise that

  2. Uruki-the-Iraqi 2nd June 2012 at 12:46 #

    Please Sammy and all you Iraqis do not fall in the trap and believe every word Stratfor, the so called “global intelligence experts” utters or propagates here and elsewhere as the absolute truth (it is nothing but pre-war propaganda). This organization is a Zionist outlet led by “George Friedman” a Zionist Jew from Texas and a friend of George Walker Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove and other Neocons. Friedman is also the mastermind and responsible for many of the US past and future war games and WE ALL KNOW what ALL these Neocons did and want from Iraq? Wars and nothing but more wars!! We the Iraqis are trying to rebuild our ravaged country after decades of senseless and costly wars perpetrated by their stooge and handy man Saddam. We do not want to see more wars in our section of the world and we DEMAND from all the civilized world community (including the peoples of US, the UK and Israel) stability and peace to our region, and not just in the Middle East but throughout the world. It is to the world advantage and benefit for Iraq to have good relationships (economic, political and cultural) first with all of our neighbors, especially top OPEC members (Iran, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) as well as Turkey and all the rest of the countries. This Freidman clearly and many “MANS” before him do not wish the Iraqis any success or prosperity, they only want us to fight each other and do their dirty work for them, especially once they realized their NEOCONS master plan was foiled by good people from around the civilized world community. Divide and conquer does not work anymore. That is why they are trying hard and starting this talk of the old Iran-Iraq feud again hoping they can find and recruit a new Saddam Hussein doppelganger!!

  3. Sammy 3rd June 2012 at 04:34 #

    I understand that, but that is beside the point, this source has made a huge allegation with all the consequences and ramifications that may follow. I am after the fact not rationalization, keeping in mind, it is known that Iraqi oil being smuggled from Basra, an allegation that has surfaced every now and then for the last few years. I agree the neocons are the enemies of mideast peace, but Iran Issue is is a real threat, if the goverment of Iraq think this is fabrication why dont they conduct a real investigation to outline the facts.