A British military spokesman in Basra, Captain Donald Francis, confirmed radio contact had been lost with the boats "in the vicinity of the Shatt-al-Arab waterway" in early morning.
For weeks, the Navy has been training the Iraqis to take over security operations in the Shatt-al-Arab, which is a major smuggling route for contraband oil as well as a crossing point for foreign militants trying to infiltrate Iraq.
The Iraqi-Iranian border problems dated back for few decades, mostly on the status of Shatt-al-Arab
water way that leads to the Arab Gulf.
Iraqi foreign minister held political and technical discussions with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Jawad Zareef in Teheran on Shatt-al-Arab
, land and water issues, as reported in a foreign ministry statement, copy received by Aswat ala-Iraq.
Regarding other issues, Zebari disclosed that discussions were held and an agreement was reached on Shatt-al-Arab
waterway and the demarcation of 1100-km borders.
The border negotiations were held in Teheran, that tackled issues related to land and water borders, as well as Shatt-al-Arab
Basra, May 25, (VOI)- Iraqi police foiled an attempt to smuggle oil derivatives by a vessel through Shatt-al-Arab waterway in Basra, southern Iraq, a police source said on Sunday.
"A vessel loaded with oil derivatives and prepared for smuggling was seized by Basra police in Shatt-al-Arab waterway near Abu al-Khasib area, 20 km south of Basra, last night," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).