Baku says reports about delivering Israeli drones to Azerbaijan to attack Iraq, Iran are false

Leyla Abdullayeva (Twitter)

Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva (Twitter)

Baku: Azerbaijan has reiterated its rejection of claims that it had received drones from Israel to be used in attacks on Iraqi and Iranian targets.

“We note with regret that completely unfounded information on the delivery of Israeli drones to Azerbaijan with the aim of attacking Iraq and Iran continues to be distributed by some foreign media resources”, Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva said.

“We firmly refute this allegation which has no basis and is intended to disinform,” she told local news agency TREND.

The claims were made following at least three mysterious explosions in July at the bases of paramilitary forces around Iraq.

The state-sanctioned militias known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) said in a statement that it had information that the U.S. brought four Israeli drones from Azerbaijan to Iraq “as part of the U.S. fleet” to carry out reconnaissance and targeting of militia positions.

“We have accurate and credible information that Americans brought in four Israeli drones this year via Azerbaijan to operate within the US fleet to carry out sorties aimed at Iraqi military headquarters. We also have other information, maps and recordings of all types of American aircraft, when they took off, when they landed and the number of hours they flew,” Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, the second-in-command of the Popular Mobilization Units, said.

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