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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 08:44 PM

Attacking Iran: Did US Just Torpedo Israeli Deal For A Base In Azerbaijan?

By Brad Knickerbocker

posted March 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm EDT

The three-way tension between the United States, Israel, and Iran became tenser this week with a widely cited report that Israel is developing a “secret staging ground” in Iran’s neighbor to the north – Azerbaijan – for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Quoting unnamed senior US diplomats and military intelligence officials, a lengthy article in Foreign Policy magazine asserts that “Israel has recently been granted access to airbases on Iran's northern border.”

"The Israelis have bought an airfield," a senior administration official is quoted as saying, "and the airfield is called Azerbaijan."

Why would US officials be talking about this? Likely to slow down any rush to war in an already volatile region, some speculate.

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http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2012/0329/Attacking-Iran-Did-US-just-torpedo-Israeli-deal-for-a-base-in-Azerbaijan

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Purveyor Mar 2012 OP
Arctic Dave Mar 2012 #1
leveymg Mar 2012 #2
Canuckistanian Mar 2012 #3
Aerows Mar 2012 #5
bahrbearian Mar 2012 #4
FarCenter Mar 2012 #6

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 08:47 PM

1. I would seriously doubt Iran wouldn't know of a military base being built

 

in a neighboring country.

But hey, it will give the repugs something to whine about and blame Obama.

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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:08 PM

2. Azerbijan is owned by BP-Chevron-Exxon-Total-Delta Nimir Amerada Hess (Saudis). About $100B worth.

Israel can't buy Azarbijan, anymore than the Saudis can the City of London, but they can earn buku bucks as muscle in the planned re-acqusition of what was Anglo-Iranian Oil, which became BP. The great circle of black death continues. Azerbijan Wiki:


The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline was officially opened on July 13, 2006 and now transports crude oil 1,760 km (1,090 mi) from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field in the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The oil is pumped from the Sangachal Terminal close to Baku, via Tbilisi the capital of Georgia, to Ceyhan a port on the south-eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is the second longest oil pipeline in the world (the longest being the Druzhba pipeline from Russia to central Europe).

The BTC pipeline is expected to make a major contribution to the development of world energy supply with its more than 1 million barrels (160,000 m3) per day capacity. Thanks to this project Turkey is also expected to earn about $300 million annually. Around 15,000 people were employed during the construction of the pipeline which cost $3 billion

Shah Deniz field, discovered in 1999, is one of BP's largest gas field finds in recent decades. The Shah Deniz gas plant at Sangachal Terminal started up in 2007 and transformed Azerbaijan into a major gas producer. Stage 1 of Shah Deniz project is now complete and supplies Europe with 8 bcma of natural gas via the South Caucasus Pipeline. Stage 2 of the Shah Deniz Project has been approved and is being designed.

On September 9, 2011 French energy giant Total S.A. which has been operating in Azerbaijan since 1996, announced a major gas discovery in Absheron gas field offshore 100 km southeast of capital Baku. The field is estimated to have around 300 billion cm of gas subsequently boosting Azerbaijan's gas reserves from 2.2 to 2.5 trillion cm. The find also increased hopes for faster realization of Nabucco pipeline.
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:16 PM

3. Israel is like a rabid dog where Iran is concerned

And the U.S. is acting as it's master, hand firmly on that collar.

We saw this before during the Gulf War. Israel DESPERATELY wanted to bomb the shit out of Iraq after Saddam started sending in the (mostly harmless) SCUD missiles. It was GHW Bush who convinced them NOT to do that.

I think Obama is doing the same right now.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:23 PM

5. I fear

That eventually the dog will bite us and infect us, too. This push for war with Iran is sickening to me. If Israelis overwhelmingly want war with Iran, I suggest they expend their blood and treasure in that particular war and leave the US the hell out of it.

As a sovereign nation, we have NO obligation to fight a war that another sovereign nation provokes on its own.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:23 PM

4. Good

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Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:31 PM

6. Russia Deploying Troops for Temporary Dagestan Reinforcement

Russia is sending a “temporary detachment” of troops into the southern region of Dagestan, whose border lies about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Iran, to combat terrorism, the Interior Ministry said.

“We are talking about a temporary deployment and coordination to prevent and counter terrorism and extremism across the whole territory of Dagestan,” Vyacheslav Makhmudov, a spokesman for the regional Interior Ministry, said from the republic’s capital city, Makhachkala.

About 1,000 troops are being moved from the nearby region of Chechnya to form temporary police units in municipalities with “complicated criminal conditions,” said Magomed Baachilov, the secretary of Dagestan’s state security council. The realignment of forces was ordered by Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev, with Oleg Kizhayev, a police colonel, named in charge of the ministry detachment in Dagestan, the Interior Ministry’s main directorate for the North Caucasus said on its website today.

The authorities were deploying 20,000 to 25,000 federal troops from Khankala, the main Russian army base in Chechnya, according to reports published in Caucasian Knot, a Moscow-based news and analysis group that tracks the situation in the North and South Caucasus, and the weekly Dagestani publication Chernovik, which cited unidentified local law-enforcement officials. A convoy of armored personnel carriers and military vehicles was seen moving toward southern Dagestan from March 14 to March 17, the reports said.


http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-19/russia-deploying-troops-for-temporary-dagestan-reinforcement

Between them, Iran and Russia would squash Azerbaijan like a bug.

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