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Iran's assassination attempts opens the window of opportunity even more for spy recruitment. A covert battle is being waged between Israel's Mossad and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MISIRI). MISIR is the secret police and primary intelligence agency of Iran, which took over the previous government's security apparatus. It is very well funded and has a history of brutality towards the people of Iran, especially the Azerbaijani's. In 1999, it partook in serial murders of dissident writers and intellectuals and assassinated Iranian political dissidents outside the country.
Currently, a full-scale spy agency covert war is underway- plane crashes, disappearances, cyberwarfare, worldwide bomb attacks...the list grows weekly. Tehran's string of assassination attempts on Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia and Thailand; sticky bombs attached to cars that kill Iranian nuclear experts; the Stuxnet computer worm targeting Iran's uranium-enrichment computer software; Iran's assassination attempt of the Israeli Defence Force's (IDF) representative in India; its assassination attempt of Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, Thailand; Iran's recruitment of Azerbaijan's local thug, Balagardash Dadashev, to kill Israeli school children and teachers in Baku; Mossad's recruitment of the Iranian dissident group Mujahdin-e-Khalq to target and kill Iranian nuclear scientists; the current 11-nation large-scale amphibious wargame (Operation "Bold Alligator") involving 20,000 troops being conducted off the beaches of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina (topographically similar to Iran's beachfront along the Straight of Hormuz); Iran's threats to blockade oil in the Straight of Hormuz...a risky and curious combination of events.
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This latest assassination-attempt incident creates opportunities for the CIA to recruit Azerbaijani's. Men from Iran were detained by the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security for planning attacks on Israelis school children and teachers in Baku, adding to Azerbaijan's distrust of Iran. It was Iranian agents who smuggled weapons and equipment to their paid thugs in Azerbaijan.
No visa-free agreement with Iran! Rightfully so, for Azberbaijani diplomats fear an open-border with Iran will trigger a massive influx of Iranian ethnic Azeri refuges into Azberbaijan. Not so with Turkey, thus the gap in Azerbaijani's visa privileges.
The CIA can take advantage of Iran's political and economic
instability, their despise of the Azberbaijan culture, and Azerbaijan's complete lack of trust in Iran's intentions. As Wafa Guluzade, a political commentator close to the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyey, warned, "…planning the murder of prominent foreign citizens in Azerbaijan by a band of terrorists, one of whom [Dadashov] resides in Iran, amounts to 'hostile activity' against our country."
Iran threatened to cut off a critical supply line between Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic if the visa requirements weren’t lifted. The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic could be another excellent corridor for the CIA, Mossad and other Western intelligence services to infiltrate Iran. It is a landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan and borders Iran to the south and west. The Azerbaijani people have been divided between Iran and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan for more than 150 years, yet they have retained their ethnic identity.OSINT News proposes that the CIA elicit the help of U.S. college students of Azerbaijani heritage to work for them when they return to their native country. They can be offered extended schooling in America to become future Azerbaijani-American political leaders and partners. It would enhance their country's self-identity and solidify their attachment to the West, which would indirectly make them less dependent on Iran. Also, there are Azerbaijani communities throughout the U.S. and Canada- the CIA could find recruitments among them, to further enhance their self-identity as a sovereign nation.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes about the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). A portion of this site's ad revenues is donated to the AFIO. The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. We're always looking for different perspectives regarding the Intelligence Community- got a thought, article or comment you'd like to submit? Contact us on the Secure Contact Form