Israel buys Azeri base to strike Iran: Report

Israel is “deeply embedded” in Azerbaijan and can use its airbases bordering Iran to carry out an attack against Iranian nuclear installations,a media report said

Written by Press Trust Of India | Jerusalem | Published: March 30, 2012 12:32 am

Israel is “deeply embedded” in Azerbaijan and can use its airbases bordering Iran to carry out an attack against Iranian nuclear installations,a media report said.

“The Israelis have bought an airfield,” a senior US administration official was quoted as saying by Foreign Policy magazine. The magazine quoting three diplomatic sources said that Baku has granted Jerusalem permission to use four abandoned,Soviet-era airfields,should the need arise.

In the event of an air strike on Iran,access to Azeri airfields would rid Israeli fighter jets from the need to refuel in mid-flight,the reportsaid.

US intelligence officials are worried that Israel’s military involvement in Azerbaijan would make it more difficult for Washington to reduce Israeli-Iranian tensions.

“Apparently now,military planners must prepare for a war scenario that would also involve the Caucasus”,the report said.

Israel-Azerbaijan ties have been growing stronger over the past few months with the two signing a $1.6 billion arms deal in February which will see Baku receive sophisticated drones and missile-defence systems,the report added.

Nuclear talks to begin April 13: Iran minister
London:
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted on Wednesday as saying that long-awaited talks with world powers on his country’s disputed nuclear program would begin on April 13 and he hoped the venue would be Istanbul. Salehi made the comments as he welcomed in Tehran Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,who flew in from a nuclear security summit in South Korea,where he met with President Obama. NYT

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