The Iranian military has started large-scale drills in the northwestern part of the country, involving drones, armored units and helicopters amid rising tensions with Azerbaijan.

Iran’s Army Ground Forces kicked off the ‘Fatehan (Conquerors) of Kheibar’ military exercise. Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari told Iranian news agencies that the exercises were planned in order to test weapons, military equipment and assess combat readiness.

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Armored units, artillery and drones from the Army Ground Forces divisions were supported by helicopters from the Army Air Force.

Sharing photos of the exercises online, the drills were some of the largest ever held by Tehran, noting growing tensions with neighboring Azerbaijan.

While some officials have repeatedly suggested the drills are purely routine, others have hinted at worsening relations with Azeri neighbors and the presence of ‘Zionists’.

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Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Ground Force told reporters that Iran will not tolerate its neighbors becoming “a safe haven and a base for the presence and anti-security activities of the hostile Zionist regime.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh also stated that Tehran would not tolerate the presence of the Zionist regime near our borders. The remarks are seemingly a reference to Azerbaijan’s ties with Israel.

In an interview with Turkish state news agency Anadolu on Monday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said he was “surprised” by Iran’s planned exercises, noting that they were unprecedented in the past 30 years.

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Azerbaijan and Israel have enjoyed improving relations in recent decades, with the former supplying oil and the latter military equipment, so the Israeli Air Force could use its airspace to attack and bomb Iran in the near future.

While relations have been good for some years, it was particularly manifest last year as Azerbaijani forces used Israeli weaponry, with significant success, in a conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Recently, Tehran was seemingly angered by the arrest of two Iranian truck drivers as they transited an Azerbaijani border passage to Armenia.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

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Makamba
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01-10-21 12:56

“Zionist Presence” in the USA is thicker than maggots on a rotting corpse…

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01-10-21 12:58

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Trump Farms
Trump Farms
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01-10-21 12:56

This blue-star menace in Azerbaijan needs an urgent response and surgical removal.

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Dust Fox
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01-10-21 12:58

I would suggest even bombing any suspected Israeli presence in there like Israel does in Syria

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01-10-21 12:59

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