Baku: No Strike on Iran From Azeri Soil (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 03/29/12)
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Azeri president Ilham Aliyev dismissed speculation on Thursday that
Israel would use four abandoned bases in his country to launch
strikes on Iran´s nuclear program.
"Azerbaijan´s territory will never be used to launch an attack
against its neighbor, Iran," Aliyev´s office said in a statement.
U.S. officials say they believe Israel may use the site as a
springboard for an attack on Iran´s nuclear plants, or as a landing
and refueling spot following one.
The site could also be used for aircraft needed for search, rescue
and recovery in the wake of an attack.
“We´re watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we´re not
happy about it,” an official told the Foreign Policy writer.
Israel has a $1.6 billion deal with Azerbaijan to provide some 60
state-of-the-art UAVs and is Baku´s second largest consumer of
exportable crude oil.
“The Israelis have bought an airfield,” another U.S. official told
the journalist, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.”
Azerbaijan is one of the few majority Muslim countries to develop
bilateral strategic and economic relations with Israel.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/29/12)
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