March 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

22 arrested in Azerbaijan for Iran-backed plot

Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested 22 people they say were spying for Iran and plotting attacks on Israeli and Western targets, the government announced Wednesday.

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A statement from the central Asian nation's national security ministry said the group stands accused of spying, treason and "other grave crimes. "The spy ring dates back to 1999 and had been supplied with money, military training and weapons, the statement said.

Azerbaijan – which shares a border with Iran – announced in February that a number of people had been arrested in connection with an alleged plot against foreign citizens organized by Iran. The National Security Ministry said the plotters had acquired weapons and explosives.

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  8. Armen Berian

    Azerbaijan is changing far too slowly in spite of its alleged secular Government. I know they fear the uprising of Armenian pagans who once shared a friendship with the old cult under the Goddess. The conflicts with Armenia are rarely emphasized in western media in spite of the blood lineages to the English & Europeans. Yet Islam is not growing in Azerbaijan but secret societies of Zoroastrianism & Rosicrucian style organizations continue to predominate beyond the scenes. Fortunately, for the moment Azerbaijan's threatening tone toward Armenia has eased, and more & more of the people's of Azerbaijan has embraced technologies. I see many changes coming both for Azerbaijan & Armenia in spite of all the terrorist hopes of Iran with its savage Government. I am pleased to see these people arrested so Azerbaijan can be free of their oppression to meet their ancient roots with the Goddess after all these centuries. If these people want to worship their ancient Goddess, so be it. They had this religion long before the insanities of the Caliph marched & intruded their territories.

    April 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  9. John Herber

    It looks like there are rumblings at the top in Iran. This gives me hope. If they get rid of that little Hitler maybe we can step back from the brink. I must say that it felt different to me this time. I've been watching the ME for 35 years and this time I felt that something would happen. How many more generations have to live this way? Waste on all sides.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      the brink of war is only in the hands of the iranian leadership. they can replace what ever voice they wish , only the voice that declares to the word that the IAEA inspectors have full access and for the world community to remove the nuke threat on sight with the aid of the iranians will be the voice that backs us and the entire region away from war.

      what a great day that would be for iran and the entire region to remove the threat peaceful.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
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    • michaelfury

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  12. Hahahahahaha

    And Iran says "We know nothing!" I guess those 22 are "on their own". Hahahahahahha

    March 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
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