By Douglas V. Gibbs
As news of Iran's takeover of an Iraqi oil well crossed the ocean, Iran immediately denied the incident.
The friction over the ownership of border wells has been a bone of contention in the past, but the move by Iran is a clear indication that Ahmadinejad is no longer concerned over any possible consequences for their actions. This operation into Iraq may be a sign that Iran is testing the waters to see if America, or her allies, will react. Each action will beget a larger action, until eventually we will see an attempt by Iran to move blatantly into Iraq.
Iraqi soldiers have planted the Iraqi flag on the well where Iran's flag had flown during the dispute that began last week, while dozens of Iranian soldiers lingered at a checkpoint not far away.
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