Amid escalating tension, Iranian military exercises near Azerbaijan

Amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Baku, which have reached their peak in recent days, the Iranian army has conducted, since Friday morning, its ground maneuvers on Iran’s border in the northwest of the country with the Republic of Azerbaijan.

According to Iranian media reports, artillery units of the army’s ground forces fired at predetermined locations and targets and army helicopters supported the operation all the time.

The Tasnim News Agency of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards also reported that the maneuvers were conducted under the supervision of Brigadier General Kiomars Haidari, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, with the participation of the 216th Armored Brigade, 316th Armored Brigade, 25th Brigade, 11th Artillery Group, Drones, Electronic Warfare Group, and 433rd Combat Engineering Group.

Sometimes a warning… and a threat at another time

And the statements of Iranian officials, which did not stop at one time, warning and sometimes threatening against Azerbaijan and Israel, regarding the crisis with Baku on the one hand, and its relations with Tel Aviv, abounded.

In conjunction with the maneuvers, the commander of the ground force of the Iranian army, Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari, said in a hint to the relations between Azerbaijan and Israel. Iran is a military maneuver near it.

In addition, the Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army for Operations Affairs, Brigadier General Farhad Ariane Far said today that “the aim of these maneuvers is to raise the combat readiness of the ground force in this region and to announce the readiness of the ground forces to confront any threat from the enemies,” he said.

Iran conducts military exercises on Azerbaijan’s border

Clashes and accusations

The conflict moved from the borders to the social platforms. The Israeli ambassador commented on the latest crisis with a tweet, saying, “While Iran persecutes its religious and ethnic minorities, we in Israel, the United States and Azerbaijan are investing in diversity and tolerance,” to which Tehran’s ambassador to Baku Abbas Mousavi replied, “Your dreams will never come true.” .

In the Azerbaijani street, a number of Azerbaijani protesters gathered last night in front of the Iranian embassy in Baku, and some of them attacked the embassy. After that, the Iranian ambassador announced that he protested strongly to the Azerbaijani authorities and stated in a tweet to him, “Last night, several people attacked the embassy and we protested strongly and official follow-up, and identified Diplomatic police and the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry arrested four of the attackers and arrested and interrogated them.”

Iran conducts military exercises on Azerbaijan’s border

Question from the Azerbaijani President

The dispute between Iran and its neighbor, the Republic of Azerbaijan, escalated against the backdrop of the crisis of the land border corridors between the two sides, especially those that connect Iran to the Republic of Armenia through Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia, and a joint military maneuver conducted in September between the Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani forces contributed to adding new dimensions to the crisis between Tehran and Baku. .

Last Monday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev commented on the Iranian move and the mobilization of forces on the common border, while saying that the maneuver is carried out according to “Iran’s sovereignty” on its territory, but asked: “Why did Iran not conduct military exercises during thirty years of Armenia’s occupation of three border regions, Fuzuli, Gabriel, and Zangalan?

Iran conducts military exercises on Azerbaijan’s border

take any action

In response to the statements of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that his country “will not tolerate Israel’s presence near its borders, even if it is showy, and takes any measure it deems necessary for its national security.” The Iranian Foreign Minister described the Azerbaijani President’s statements , Ilham Aliyev, as unfortunate.

On the other hand, Tehran fears the influence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Azerbaijani Turks in Iran, who number about 20 million people out of a total of 85 million residents of the country, as they view the Republic of Azerbaijan as a national, cultural and linguistic extension of them.

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