Azerbaijan Arrests Iran-Backed 'U.S., Israel Attack Plotters'

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Azerbaijan has arrested 22 people on suspicion of plotting attacks on the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Baku on behalf of neighboring Iran, the national security ministry said Wednesday.

"Twenty-two citizens of Azerbaijan have been arrested by the national security ministry for cooperating with the Iranian Sepah," its statement said, referring to the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

"On orders of the Sepah they were to commit terrorist acts against the U.S., Israeli and other Western states' embassies and the embassies' employees," it said.

The ministry said that the suspects were recruited from 1999 onwards and trained in the use of weapons and spy techniques at military camps in Iran to enable them to gather information on foreign embassies, organizations and companies in Azerbaijan and stage attacks.

"Firearms, cartridges, explosives and espionage equipment were found during the arrest," the statement said, without specifying when or how the arrests were made.

Tensions between the Islamic republic and mainly Muslim but officially secular Azerbaijan have risen in recent months, with a series of arrests in Baku of attack plot suspects with alleged links to Tehran.

Iran has also been angered by ex-Soviet Azerbaijan's ties to Israel and its reported purchase of hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons from the Jewish state.

This week however the neighbors appeared to be taking steps to improve relations as public declarations of friendship were made in Tehran during a visit by Azerbaijan's Defense Minister Safar Abiyev.

"We are sure that we will face no problem from our brother and neighbor Azerbaijan," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying on Monday after meeting Abiyev.

Comments 21
Missing allouchi 14 March 2012, 14:37

Hizb and allies are good in ruining Lebanon's image abroad and bringing misery for the people inside. Allah yi rayyeh minnoun ya rab.

Default-user-icon Leo (Guest) 14 March 2012, 15:26

allouchi, how does this have to do with Lebanon or its image? May be I'm missing something here, please explain.

Missing allouchi 14 March 2012, 21:20

These terrorist are linked to Iran/Hizballah which are still trying to avenge Moughniyi's assassination in Syria. Also remember few weeks back some members of Hizballa were also arrested for trying terrorist acts in Azerbaijan.

Thumb jcamerican 14 March 2012, 17:37

When the Israelis killed the Iranian scientists, it is halal. They have the right to kill anybody, they claim he is a threat. The US too, can send a drone to anybody and anywhere and say, it was militants or terrorists. All the rest of the world, they have no balls to stop it.

Thumb jcamerican 14 March 2012, 20:30

Mowaten stop wasting your time on most of these idiots. They talk about Patriotism, when Israel was bombing the shit out their country, they were cheering for it, maybe they get rid of Hizballah. Now they are counting on the opposition in Syria, if they get rid of Bashar, then Hizballah will be weak and dissapear. Iran too. What a bunch of haters and dreamers. The reason why USA always sided with these dictators, they think the whole middle east people are worthless camel jockeys.

Thumb benzona 14 March 2012, 21:03

Whenever Iran gets involved in something, it's rarely something to be proud of.... One day, Iran will also free itself from the theocrats and will be a decent country again.

Default-user-icon Leo (Guest) 15 March 2012, 14:31

You forgot the Klingon affair in the nebullas sector. I think the hez was reportedly involved too.

Default-user-icon lie lie lie lie lie lie (Guest) 14 March 2012, 14:53

Obviously Azerbaijan lies and Thailand lies, Columbia lies and Argentina lies, Mexico lies and Egypt and Iraq lies, UAE, Bahrain and Turkey lie, the US and Germany lie, even mini Hassan aka Muqtada Al-Sadr lies, everyone lies... except Iran never lies.

Default-user-icon NR (Guest) 14 March 2012, 15:36

shou khas lebanon's image ? where do you see a mention of Lebanon in this article ?

Thumb geha 14 March 2012, 15:56

:) wherever there are problems these days it is due to.....

Missing allouchi 14 March 2012, 18:01

mowaten, I hate Israel but i don't keep using it as an excuse for stick Israel up ur a$$$$$$$$$$...

Thumb geha 14 March 2012, 19:30

by God you are funny Mowaten :)

Missing helicopter 14 March 2012, 16:47

Israel, Syria, Iran, And all armed groups in Lebanon (Hezb, Salafis, Palestinian weapons inside and outside the camp, and all other weapons not in hand of the army)

Default-user-icon RUSSIAN BEAR (Guest) 14 March 2012, 21:16

what people dont see is that as the Russians said and the West,the red and heat zone in the world is this zone rite here,Turkey backing azeri,it means Natos allies,azerbedjian doing his best to join Nato,by isolating Iran,Armenia is in War wit Azerbedjian,Russia is backing with all means Armenia military , financially,morally,azerbedjian is trying to do his best importing gas to europe,so this way europe is no need to Russian gas and oil anymore which,will piss Russia badly if this project go through,iran is in reall tension with west,israel,and azerbedjian,so As bush administration said and as well as Obamas,as well as PUTIN,any mistake in this zone, between Azerbedjian Armenia,willl lead turkeys involvment,on the other hand Russias involvement backin Armenia,iran on west,israel china russia close partner,and we will see WW3,and now the west started playing with this card to bad

Default-user-icon Leo (Guest) 15 March 2012, 14:37

@Russian Bear, your attempt to use bad english grammar is confusing. Stop and write correctly. Quit trying to write with a Russian accent, please.

Missing aris 14 March 2012, 23:00

Yeah we will come after your tutbans

Missing aris 14 March 2012, 23:01

Nah aren't got rid of my realistic comment

Default-user-icon jacko (Guest) 15 March 2012, 02:54

what do you expect,bunch of Turks.
just ask the it's neighboring country Armenia what they have endured from these savage people.this doesn't suprise me about Azerbaijan.

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 15 March 2012, 03:01

Every country in the world is wrong except Iran apparently. They are so honest that they are almost saintly. Giving out keys to heaven for people to blow themselves up :)

Thumb ado.australia 15 March 2012, 05:57

Geopolitics 101 for Allouchi and Geha.

Azerbaijan is at war with their neighbour Armenia. Azerbaijan is 90% shiite. Armenia is Christian othordox. Iran sided with Armenia against Azerbaijan in their territory dispute. Although they are shiite, Azerbaijan is a turkic country (not Persian) and has close ties to turkey and israel.

Iran has repeatedly blamed and warned them, regarding Israeli infiltration, using Azerbaijan as the base for attacks on their scientists and terrorist bombings in iran. It seams this is Azerbaijan's response.

Thumb geha 15 March 2012, 09:19

well maybe you are right on this one, but it does not mean you are right :)
what about other countries??? I am sure you are reading how many of these thugs are being arrested all accross the world :)