Another Iranian-sponsored terror plot was stopped on Wednesday, March 14. The authorities in Azerbaijan arrested 22 people (yes, 22!) involved in an Iranian Revolutionary Guards plot to attack the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Baku. Azerbaijan was previously targeted by Iran in February and in 2008.
The Washington Post reports:
Automatic assault rifles, grenades, ammunition, explosives were seized during the group’s arrest, officials said.
Planned targets included diplomatic missions, the offices of a Jewish organization, the local headquarters of international oil giant BP and an American-themed fast food restaurant.
Just one day prior to these arrests, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister was in Iran to cool tensions after Azerbaijan concluded an arms deal with Israel. Immediately after the meeting, the Defense Minister publicly promised that his country’s land would “[not] be used against Iran under any conditions.”
On March 6, the Saudi ambassador to Bangladesh was mysteriously shot to death. It is reasonable to assume that Iran was involved based on the pattern of its latest activities and its previous targeting of Saudi ambassadors.
How many more of these is it going to take for the world to realize that we are in the middle of an Iranian terror offensive?
In October, the U.S. stopped the Iranians from killing the Saudi ambassador in Washington D.C. by blowing up a restaurant he was eating at. The cell also discussed attacking the Saudi and Israeli embassies in D.C. and Buenos Aires.
In November, a wave of Iranian-backed attacks in Bahrain, with the Saudi embassy being one target, was stopped.
In January, a plot probably aimed at Israeli tourists in Thailand was stopped.
On February 13, the wife of an Israeli diplomat is injured in a bombing in India and an attack on an Israeli diplomat in Georgia is stopped at the last moment.
On February 14, an Iranian throws grenades in Thailand after an accidental explosion occurs in the home of his terror cell that was to attack the Israeli embassy.
In mid-February, reports were published about a joint Iranian-Al-Qaeda “spectacular” terrorist operation against the West, possibly in Europe.
On February 21, Azerbaijan busted a terror cell that included a member of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force that was going to attack foreigners.
On March 6, the Saudi ambassador to Bangladesh is assassinated.
On March 14, a wave of plots in Azerbaijan is foiled.