The Iranian military began conducting war drills near the country’s border with Azerbaijan; Media outlets report that the motive for the drills relates to Iranian skepticism of Azerbaijan’s connections to the Jewish State and the western world; Amirabdollahian: We do not tolerate the presence and activity against our national security of the Zionist regime, or Israel, next to our borders.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Army (AJA) began a series of military drills near the Republic’s border with Azerbaijan late this week, citing detest for Azerbaijan’s connections to the west and Israel. Furthermore, tensions have been on the rise between the two countries for various reasons. But more recently, it has involved Baku’s (the capital of Azerbaijan) warm relationship with the Jewish State.
Azerbaijan currently purchases weapons from Israel.
According to reports, the AJA conducted drills that included projectiles such as drones and/or helicopters, accompanied by other units. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, “We do not tolerate the presence and activity against our national security of the Zionist regime, or Israel, next to our borders. And we will carry out any necessary action in this regard.”
Despite what could surface as a result of the exercises, the Iranian FM stated that Tehran has the “right” to conduct them. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev revealed that he was completely caught off guard by the exercises near the border. The president said, “Every country can carry out any military drill on its own territory. It’s their sovereign right. But why now, and why on our border?”
Several other Iranian officials would follow with statements warning the Republic’s neighbors of having any sort of relationship with the Jewish State.
Tehran is currently on high alert regarding a conflict with Israel. At least one source even stated that Iran had discovered that the attack on one of its nuclear facilities was facilitated via technology located inside the border of Azerbaijan. This led an unknown source to claim that Tehran is aware of the Israeli military using “spy bases” in Azerbaijan. Hence the Islamic Republic’s skepticism of any nation with ties to its greatest enemy, Israel.