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Originally posted by BlackJackal
Alright, first thing first, Trickmaster is an ATSNN reporter so it doesn't matter that it exsists on the main board first he was reporting news.
Secondly, lets think this out
1. Does Iran wish to go to war with the US? Not Likely
2. Is Iran poising for a strike that will take place after the US leaves? Nope too soon.
So what in the hell are they doing. This is just an educated guess but I beleive Iran has intelligence that there may be a major event about to take place within Iraq and the buildup is a precaution to stem the expected flow of refugees.
Call me crazy but nothing else makes sense.
Iran holds around 90 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, roughly 7% of the world's total, and claims another 30 billion barrels. The vast majority of Iran's crude oil reserves are located in giant onshore fields in the southwestern Khuzestan region near the Iraqi border and the Persian Gulf. Iran has 32 producing oil fields, of which 25 are onshore and 7 offshore.
In October 1999, Iran announced that it had made its biggest oil discovery in 30 years, a giant onshore field called Azadegan located in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, a few miles east of the border with Iraq. Reportedly, the Azadegan field contains in-place oil reserves of 26-70 billion barrels, with potential production of 300,000-400,000 bbl/d (and possibly higher) over a 20-year period.