Recent tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran have raised concerns about the possibility of a military conflict between the two neighboring countries, with experts warning that the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
According to a recent analysis by Al Jazeera, the tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran have been fueled by a number of factors, including territorial disputes, economic competition, and political rivalry.
Azerbaijan, which is predominantly Shia Muslim, has been moving closer to Israel and the United States in recent years, much to the chagrin of Iran, which views these countries as its main adversaries. Azerbaijan has also been seeking to expand its influence in the region, including by supporting ethnic Azeris in Iran, who make up a significant minority in the country.
Iran, for its part, has been concerned about Azerbaijan’s growing ties with Israel and the US, as well as its close relationship with Turkey, another regional power. Iran has also been frustrated by Azerbaijan’s decision to allow the US to use its territory to launch military operations in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq.
The recent escalation of tensions between the two countries began in March, when Azerbaijan accused Iran of supporting separatist movements in the country’s southern regions. Iran, in turn, accused Azerbaijan of supporting anti-government protests in Iran.
The situation has only worsened in recent weeks, with both sides increasing their military presence along the border and engaging in provocative actions. In late March, Azerbaijan conducted a large-scale military exercise near the border with Iran, while Iran responded by test-firing missiles near the border.
Experts warn that the situation is highly volatile and could lead to a military conflict if tensions continue to escalate. Such a conflict could have far-reaching consequences for the region and the world, given Iran’s status as a major global player and Azerbaijan’s importance as an oil-rich nation and strategic