Azerbaijan Arrests 22 Suspected in Iran Terror Plot vs. Israeli, US Embassies

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 09:27 AM

 

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Officials in Azerbaijan announced the arrest of 22 people suspected of plotting attacks on Israeli and U.S. embassies in the capital Baku on behalf of Iran, AFP reported Wednesday.

The 22 Azerbaijan citizens “were arrested by the national security ministry for cooperating with [Iran]," AFP quoted the Azeri National Security Ministry as saying, connecting the plots to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The arrests mark the second time this year Baku said it made arrests over a foiled terrorist plot involving Iran, the first being in February.

The announcement of these new arrests came a day after Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev met with senior officials in Tehran for talks centered around maintaining good relations, after Tehran expressed dissatisfaction with an arms deal Baku made with archenemy Israel.

"We will not allow Azerbaijan's soil to be used against Iran under any conditions," the ISNA news agency quoted Abiyev as saying after meeting his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi in Tehran, in an apparent attempt to soothe Iranian nerves jittery over neighboring Azerbaijan's increasingly close ties with Israel.


Iran accused Azerbaijan of allowing Mossad agents to operate from Azeri territory in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic Republic.

On Feb. 21, Baku announced it had arrested a number of people with links to Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah that were planning to attack foreign citizens in the Eurasian nation, though reports did not identify Israeli or U.S. targets.

The suspects had bought weapons, including firearms and explosives, and had gathered intelligence on potential targets, the state TV report said. The suspects had links to Iran's intelligence agency and to Lebanese Hezbollah.

According to reports, one of those arrested was an Iranian member of the Quds Force.

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