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article by German "Spiegel" // another Syrian jihadist reveals new details about recruitment & battlefield
For weeks, Turkey has been sending Syrian mercenaries to the Caucasus to materialize Erdogan's expansionist vision. Many of them have died.
has returned alive. It's a rare occurrence. In reality, only the dead return quickly. The rest are supposed to stay there for months. So how did Tariq manage to return so early? It's a dramatic story about Turkey's expansionist policies and its failures.
Tariq's story begins well before the Karabakh war. In mid-August, rumors began circulating in Idlib and north of Aleppo that Turkey is looking for mercenaries not only for Libya but also for Karabakh. They were told that they would guard Turkish military objects for $2,000/mo, which was a suspiciously big sum for such a job.
"No one believed the rumors about guarding a base, but no one cared because winter is coming and we had no money," said 21-year-old Tariq.
Turkey relied on its loyal Sultan Murad and Hamza groups to do the recruitment. On September 22nd, in the village Basuta, about 700 men gathered in Hamza's military base for identity and health checkups. 500 were recruited, including Tariq and his friend Muhammed al Shalani
has a lengthy experience and was chosen to lead the group that Tariq was a member of. The salary was $1,500 plus free medical care, a $60,000 gift to the family in the event of death, and Turkish citizenship. The contract wasn't written on paper but everyone relied on the fact that in the event of betrayal "the word would spread."
Not many Syrians know what Karabakh is and that they are the latest victims of Joseph Stalin's policies. It was Stalin who gave Armenian-populated Karabakh to Azerbaijan. Armenians took advantage of the fall of the USSR and took control of Karabakh.
Upon finishing the recruitment in Basuta village, the militants were given blue shirts. The phones and passports were taken away. The next day they traveled to Gaziantep, Turkey. 300 of them then fly to Baku through Ankara.
In Azerbaijan, the military trucks took them near the border with Iran. They were given Russian weapons. Many mercenaries didn't know what would come next. "Then at night they ordered us to prepare to attack the Armenians," said Tariq.
One translator was assigned to each group of 15 Syrians. No one came and said anything about guarding Turkish bases. At 3 o'clock they heard the sound of a vehicle column and the transfer of the Azeri troops to front lines. "We didn't even know the road to the front line," said Tariq, "the battles began before we even got there."
The car that was accompanying Tariq's truck received a direct hit. "We stopped. Part of the Azeri troops were killed, and the rest had fled, while we didn't know where to escape. The jets were flying and bombs were exploding near us. We crawled to a hiding spot and waited."
In the morning they were evacuated back to the base. None of the Syrian militants died in that incident. Shalani, the leader of the group, met a Hamza commander and complained that they were taken to an unfamiliar place and used as cannon fodder. The Hamza commander, Said Abu Bakr
, became upset and responded, "You came here to fight. You have no choice."
They got lucky again the following night. Their column was sent to the front lines again, and again, they were targeted by Armenian snipers and artillery. They couldn't advance a single meter. They couldn't evacuate the dead bodies, either.
Group leader Shalani went to Hamza commander Abu Bakr again with a complaint. The commander took out his pistol and put it on Shalani's head, "I will kill you right now if you retreat. You all either fight or I shoot you."
Hamza commander Saif Abu Bakr, whose real name is Saif Balud, has been a militant since 2012. He joined ISIS in 2013 but later fled to Turkey and began working with the United States against ISIS, before joining various groups.
In Karabakh, things don't go smoothly between Bakr (big commander) and Shalani (group leader). He isolated Shalani but other militants began to revolt. Eventually, the Turkish soldiers intervened and allowed militants to make phone calls and promised them that reinforcements would arrive soon.
Shalani died on September 29th. This resulted in Shalani's family members making death threats against Hamza commanders based in Syria. [we've already seen the car bombing weeks ago]. "Either return our sons alive or we will kill you," chanted the family members.
A Turkish commander met Tariq and other militants and told them to continue to fight if they want to get paid. Tariq and few others rejected the money and returned to Syria on October 12th. Some of them were later arrested by Turkish special forces for being disloyal.
3,000 - 4,000 Syrian militants fight in Karabakh according to Tariq. The desperate Syrian families continue to receive the coffins and bury them fast and silently, as instructed by Turkey.
Full: https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrische-soeldner-in-bergkarabach-ich-kann-euch-gleich-hier-erschiessen-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000173743589 https://infocom.am/Article/40171
repatriated Armenian POW tells the story / Azeris forced her to read text in front of camera and blame Pashinyan / murder of other POWs
An elderly Armenian POW woman was returned on Wednesday after Russia and the Red Cross negotiated with Azerbaijan. She was taken hostage in the southern town of Hadrut by the infiltrators who took her to Baku.
She was questioned at a police station. A policeman threw a sugar cube in front of her when he asked for food; she rejected it, telling them "I'm not a dog".
She was then taken to the second police station where they forced her to claim Prime Minister Pashinyan was "bad" and the war broke out because of him. "They told me to say Hadrut is an Azerbaijani land in front of the camera. But I told them it's Armenian."
They took her to the third police station where she met two Armenian men. The young one was tied and blindfolded. The policemen were routinely kicking him. The elderly POW had a broken arm. He was sitting silently.
She spent one day in each police station. On the last day, she witnessed how the young POW was dragged to a truck while inside a bag. She was later told both POW men were killed.
She was taken to a hospital in Baku where she spent 10 days. The Red Cross visited her multiple times and eventually took her to Georgia then Armenia on October 28th. https://youtu.be/WcvpX1xe1-U https://factor.am/302923.html
another war crime confirmed / POWs executed
Artsakh Ombudsman has confirmed the authenticity of the images depicting another war crime by Azerbaijan. Four Armenian POW soldiers were executed while having their hands tied in their backs. https://twitter.com/Artak_Beglaryan/status/1322290987377610752
re: Azerbaijan uses white phosphorus bomb in area that shelters civilians Yesterday a video was shared
about Azeris dropped a white phosphorus bomb above a forest area. The Human Rights Ombudsman has found the following:
The bomb contained phosphorus which is a chemical. It was dropped in forests near a village. Many civilians of the village spend their time in this forest to stay away from the village because Azeris often bomb the village. The Ombudsman has concluded that Azerbaijan used that bomb against those civilians, which is against international law. MFA Mnatsakanyan:
This time Azerbaijan used phosphorus munitions in Artsakh over forests close to residential areas with many civilians. What Azerbaijan is doing: total disrespect of its commitments, continued aggression, devastation of civilian population & use of banned weapons. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&v=0NLASjID5Iw https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033388.html https://twitter.com/ZMnatsakanyan/status/1322504572498288640?s=20
Pashinyan appoints seven deputy-governors
… and all of them have a military background with some of them being Generals and Colonels. A few days ago the government approved a law to create a new - better organized - volunteer army "ashkharazor" which will be formed by local provincial authorities and report to the MoD. The deputy-governors will be in charge of the organization within their provinces. https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/10/30/Յոթ-նոր-փոխմարզպետ․-նրանք-բոլորը-ռազմական-անցյալ-ունեն/405019
few things from yesterday
Armenian volunteers began sewing anti-drone clothing that conceals them from the drone's camera. They need diaspora's financial help to prepare as many as possible. It also keeps the soldiers warm. Details in the video: https://youtu.be/8wZ-qBb_aRY
Armenians held a demonstration in France despite the threats by Turkish ultra-nationalist groups the day earlier: https://youtu.be/veCLOIdRXs0
A group of Armenian show-business members in the United States gathered $59,000 in donations for www.ArmeniaFund.org https://youtu.be/APHTAJXW2eQ
Armenians held a car-caravan demonstration in Stockholm: https://youtu.be/RsWYRO8boEQ
The latest 29-ton humanitarian load has arrived from France. https://youtu.be/spRi-8VYv80
Men who weren't accepted to the army due to age have joined women in the efforts to sew sleeping bags and clothes for soldiers: https://youtu.be/LsV-CJO-2I4
Stepanakert bakers working around the clock to supply food for soldiers and residents: https://youtu.be/WYQAfjb7wRs
One of the Azeri drones shot by the Armenian defense army above Karabulha village was an Israeli-made "Hermes": https://t.me/infoteka24/10330
Unofficial/unverified sources say Azeri Lt. Colonels Sadigov Rashad Khanlar, Hajiyev Abakar Mehemmed, and Vidadi Khelilov were killed. https://t.me/infoteka24/10354
October 31 // battlefield & analysis // diplomacy & foreign response
The New Jersey Senate has introduced a resolution to discuss the official recognition of Artsakh as an independent state. https://twitter.com/ANCA_Estatus/1322287540976713729?s=19 00:21:
the Foreign Minister of AM and AZ have finished the 6-hour negotiations in Geneva. They agreed that non-military objects and civilians should not be targeted. Both sides will allow third-party to come and collect the deceased bodies from the battlefield https://factor.am/302918.html
, https://t.me/infocomm/24991 7:08 WarGonzo reporter Semyon Pegov:
capital Stepanakert is being bombed again. So much for not targeting civilians. https://t.me/wargonzo/3897 8:19:
WarGonzo shared a video of what appears to be another use of white phosphorus bomb by Azerbaijan near Artsakh's Martakert city. He says 15 days ago Azerbaijan used the same type of bomb which caused the death of an Armenian soldier from Hrazdan. https://t.me/wargonzo/3898 9:36 army:
we continued to monitor the enemy's movements and reinforcement activities at night. A truck full of ammo was blown up.
Army successfully defended in north-east, south, and south-west. We shot 1 tank, 1 armored vehicle, and 5 drones.
Azeris used white phosphorus weapons banned under the Geneva Convention. The situation on the battlefield is under our control. https://t.me/infocomm/24993
, https://t.me/infocomm/24994 9:45 Artsakh govt:
Azeris targeted capital Stepanakert's bazaar market at 7:08 am despite the agreement not to target civilians. One building was destroyed, causing large financial losses to the civilian population.
Another bomb fell on a house and destroyed everything. Nearby apartments were partly damaged.
The market after the bombing: https://youtu.be/hxjxOWkdG3k?t=5
WarGonzo shows the damages market: https://t.me/wargonzo/3901
WarGonzo interviews locals after the bombing: https://t.me/wargonzo/3899
Photos of the war crime: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033403.html https://t.me/infocomm/24995 10:02:
Pashinyan wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin, in which he informed about the presence of the Syrian jihadists and the several attacks by the Turkish-Azeri army against the Republic of Armenia territories. He requested Russia to begin consultations about providing aid based on the 1997 Armenia-Russia military cooperation agreement (not the CSTO).
Russia responded saying they'll help if the clashes transfer to the Republic of Armenia territory.
Armenian ambassador said the letter wasn't about the CSTO military bloc but rather the AM-RU direct military cooperation agreement. He noted that some of the attacks were within the Republic of Armenia territory which might warrant the use of the agreement. Ex-president Levon:
Russia's response is simple: "we will protect Armenia but we won't solve the Karabakh conflict." QP MP Rubinyan:
this letter should be viewed as a beginning of an important process. https://t.me/infocomm/25000
, https://news.am/arm/news/610792.html 10:34:
Human rights Ombudsmen of Armenia and Artsakh have invited all international organization representatives to visit Artsakh and see the outcome of war crimes for themselves. Ombudsman promised to personally accompany the visitors and take steps towards safety. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033407.html 10:36:
French-Armenian public figures have called for French MFA to more openly condemn the aggression against Artsakh and to act against Erdogan's provocations against Artsakh and the world. https://news.am/arm/news/610765.html 10:47:
Azerbaijan bombed Sushi. Several civilians were wounded. https://t.me/infocomm/25002 10:59:
a few days ago Armenians retook a hill in the southern front and captured an Azeri position. They found documents belonging to the Azeri group. 10 out of 12 members were killed. They were all mobilized in late July.
Photos: https://t.me/reartsakh/5804?single 11:30:
flight radars show that Azerbaijan continues to accept flights from Afghanistan with the use of jets commonly linked to arm/jihadist transfers. https://t.me/reartsakh/5806
, https://t.me/reartsakh/5807 13:08 update:
Earlier we learned from WarGonzo that a Russian political-military group UDV (Union of Donbas Volunteers) held a political meeting during which one of the topics was the Artsakh conflict. The group has decided that, for now, the volunteers shouldn't visit Artsakh to provide aid. https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/23386 13:09 army spokesman Artsarun: [Aliyev aide]
Hikmet Hajiyev is now a professional linguist who understands Syrian accents [it's about the recently captured Syrian jihadist hired by Azerbaijan; Azeris claims he is Armenian]
. Let Hajiyev not worry too much about his terrorist. He will witness serious quantitative and qualitative surprises. https://news.am/arm/news/610786.html 13:21 the National Interest article:
Kosovo is an example of why the world should not stand idle while crimes against humanities are committed. Kosovo is a precedence, and Donald Trump mentioned it during his rally speech while talking about the Karabakh conflict.
Per international law, territorial integrity can have exceptions if there is ethnic conflict.
more: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-recognition-kosovo-sets-precedent-artsakh-171749 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033419.html 14:15 Pashinyan:
Despite agreement reached not to target civilians & civilian infrastructure, since early morning Azerbaijan resumed bombing of Shushi & Stepanakert. Azerbaijan leadership is not capable to fulfill its own commitments and Artsakh civilian population is its main enemy & target. https://mobile.twitter.com/NikolPashinyan/status/1322453411237945345 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033425.html 14:42 MoD spokeswoman Shushan:
The Artsakh Army earlier presented undeniable facts of the use of phosphorous weapons containing elements of chemical weapon by Azerbaijan, after which the Azeri officials began circulating funny and primitive excuses in an attempt to get out of it clean. [Aliyev's aide Hikmet accused Armenians of using it] https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033428.html 14:53:
throughout the day, Azerbaijan targeted the civilian population of Stepanakert, Martuni, Martakert, and Shushi. One woman was killed in the village Herher. WarGonzo reporter over 40 artillery strikes on Martuni today.
As of right now, the civilian death toll is 44 with 141 wounded. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033429.html
, https://t.me/wargonzo/3903 15:20 Netherlands MP Joel Voordewind:
Where are the strong EU actions against Azerbaijan and Turkey now? Why not impose targeted sanctions or create a no-fly zone over Nagorno-Karabakh now? How many more victims should there be for something to be done? https://mobile.twitter.com/JoelVoordewind/status/1322451935476273152 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033430.html 15:33:
Azeri media spread fake news by presenting a WW2 cemetery in Russia as a burial site in Stepanakert. https://t.me/infocomm/25031 15:51:
WarGonzo went near the scene where Azeris dropped the white phosphorus bomb last night. "Azerbaijan is using the same tactics used by terrorists in northern Syria. They are burning down forests. In Syria it was coordinated by the Turkish army, now it's being done here. This is a chemical weapon." https://youtu.be/fr-EAjQRT14 https://t.me/wargonzo/3904 16:29 Pashinyan to Al Arabiya outlet:
Karabakh under Azeri control means Karabakh without Armenians. It's a genocide. Turkey and Azerbaijan also use Syrian mercenaries and terrorists. This is all part of Turkey's wider plans to "bring back" the Ottoman Empire. Artsakh will fight until the end.
Full video: https://m.facebook.com/armenpress/videos/3968299059864301/ https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033437.html
, https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033443.html 17:00:
BUZZFEED: Top-5 լափառռոշ and pure chad moments in Artsakh army: https://youtu.be/m10ReAGdWRw?t=21 17:53:
Aliyev gave an interview to the German ARD outlet. The latter confronted him over the evidence of the use of cluster bombs against Artsakh's civilian population, and Israeli LAR-160 missile strikes against civilian settlements. Throughout the interview, Aliyev accused Armenia of violating the ceasefire and being the aggressor.
When confronted about the targeting of Shushi's church [which was bombed with precision missiles twice], Aliyev said either their artillery "missed" the real target or Armenians themselves bombed it. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033447.html 18:00:
Over a dozen soldiers received a Medal of Courage.
Colonel Ararat Balayan: Medal of Courage for organizing air defense and destroying enemy flying objects.
Lt. Colonel Vahram Baghdasaryan: Medal of Courage for extraordinary selfless courage during a defense.
Four soldiers for liberating a hill, destroying 2 tanks, capturing a vehicle full of night-vision tech and driving it back to an Armenian base. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033449.html 18:27:
Armenian hacking team "Monte Melkonyan" allegedly broke into the Azerbaijani government email servers and dumped some classified documents. https://twitter.com/Kornelij/status/1322540817471410176?s=20 19:10 Zinuzh report:
the Azeri misinformation and propaganda has reached the level of childishness. On October 27th, Baku published drone footage claiming to show the killing of MoD Jalal Harutyunyan.
Unsurprisingly they made another ridiculous statement a few days later: Baku issued a warrant for the arrest of Jalal Harutyunyan and president Arayik. Either Baku is chasing Jalal's ghost or they're contradicting their own statement of his death. https://youtu.be/uSgWMwwi1Zw https://news.am/arm/news/610836.html 19:30 army:
Azerbaijan has so far lost 6947 soldiers, 6 TOS, 656 tanks and armored vehicles, 25 aircrafts, 16 helicopters, 239 drones. https://twitter.com/ArmenianUnified/status/1322557485396480000?s=20 20:05:
Armenian Soccer Federation has contacted UEFA and FIFA with a call to expel Azeri club "Garabag FC" after the club's PR manager Nurlan Ibrahimov called for a genocide against Armenians. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033460.html 20:32 army spokesman Artsrun:
definitely #WeWillWin.. https://twitter.com/arcrunmod/status/1322565040193589251?s=20 20:39:
a wounded soldier singing "Hayer Miatseq" in the hospital: https://youtu.be/1P0DyPytx4g?t=25 20:49:
yesterday we learned that Azeris opened fire at Davit Bek settlement, which is within the Republic of Armenia, near Artsakh's southern areas. Video shows the aftermath: https://youtu.be/ZODjFiWepL4
Photos: https://factor.am/303126.html 20:57:
Azeri demonstrators gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Baku and chanted "Iranians, Armenians, and Russians are our enemies!" https://youtu.be/_6QZa2Bwy4c 21:20:
the army shot an Azeri drone flying above the capital Stepanakert. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033467.html 22:00 army spokesman Artsrun's briefing:
throughout the day, Azeris and terrorists attacked in all directions. The intensity was low but in some local fights, it was heavy. Specifically, in the center, they threw a large number of forces and armory on 1-2 positions and managed to have some positional success.
However, during the localized battles in the south and south-east, our soldiers were able to recapture some positions and advance. Q: there are rumors that Turkey and Azerbaijan plan to launch a very large operation [around November 3rd] to deal heavy blows with many weapons simultaneously.
A: I don't know what the "heavy blow operation" is but Turkey and Azerbaijan cooperate every day and we see that in the front lines.
[Talks about how Azerbaijan bombed the civilian cities throughout the day by using precision missiles, and why it's important to install ceasefire monitoring mechanisms.] https://youtu.be/rpmJefL2KeU?t=418 22:23 Qashatagh defense forces:
today Azeris tried to advance towards Lachin in 3 directions but received artillery and other strikes and retreated, leaving behind 50-100 bodies. Our positions were strengthened on the left flank. Azeris used artillery against our positions. We silenced them.
Near the Togh village, we hit a large group that was preparing to attack. One Azeri firing position, which was being used to shoot at civilian settlements, was suppressed. https://www.lragir.am/2020/10/31/595017/
Humanitadian aid // demonstrations // events 9:31:
where there is Odysseus there is Penelope. Women continue to sew military camo-nets used to conceal armory, while they wait for their husband's return. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033344.html 10:10:
the Golden Apricot film festival will have a special event dedicated to Artsakh on November 1st. It will present the movie Երբ որ քամին հանդարտվի (producer Nora Martirosyan) which is featured in the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about Artsakh.
Four other movies will be presented until November 5th.
All the revenues will be donated to Himnadram.org while two banks will match the donations to double it. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033404.html 10:24:
the UK will donate £1million to help civilians who suffered due to the Artsakh conflict. Food, medicine, etc. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nagorno-karabakh-uk-to-provide-food-and-medicine-to-people-affected-by-the-conflict 10:25:
the EU will donate another 400,000 Euros to Artsakh and surrounding areas as humanitarian aid. https://t.me/infocomm/25001 12:26:
Russian pianist Vladimir Spivakov's daughter, actress Tatiana Spivakova, made a short film about Artsakh about her recent trip there.
Film: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=672345040380414 https://style.news.am/arm/news/74703/menq-mi-marmin-enq-ev-es-lsum-em-mer-dzaynery-oronq-lac-en-linum-ev-gorum-haxtelu-enq%E2%80%A4-tatyana-spivakovan-arcakhi-masin-film-e-nkarel-video.html 12:30:
Avet and Anna were supposed to marry on September 27th but the war delayed their plans. They got married today in the Noravank church.
Photos: https://news.am/arm/news/610780.html 14:04:
Artsakhtsi soldier went from the front line to Yerevan to meet his newborn daughter for the first time: https://youtu.be/Zsx8wNQBjmk?t=8 14:28:
"Hog Tar" humanitarian project keeps recruiting new volunteers. They're collecting aid for Artsakh residents around the clock. Boxes are filled with basic necessities. Artsakh govt helps to coordinate the aid to the most urgent areas. https://youtu.be/2GutKaBmKcM?t=26 https://factor.am/302813.html 16:02 Italian luxury item designer Roberto Cavalli:
I love Armenia. One of my best friends Charles Aznavour was born in Armenia. I've never been to Armenia but it's my dream to go there. Rapper Super Sako:
I'm inviting you to Armenia. Roberto:
I'll come. I'll come. I promise you. Super Sako rapper:
Cavalli is coming to Armenia!
Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG-bugfDXs4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://style.news.am/arm/news/74709/es-sirum-em-hayastany-erbeq-ayntex-chem-exel%E2%80%A4%E2%80%A4%E2%80%A4-da-im-erazanqn-e%E2%80%A4-ashkharhahrchak-dizayner-roberto-kavali-video.html 16:58:
a group of Armenians in Los Angeles are holding a weeklong hunger strike demonstration with demands to end arms supplies to Azerbaijan and Turkey, and to officially recognize Artsakh as a Republic. https://youtu.be/D_9GipopORs https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033439.html 18:14:
Armenian-American actor and professional dancer Paul Karmiryan
has raised awareness of the conflict and the war crimes against Artsakh civilians. https://style.news.am/arm/news/74711/amerikahay-parox-pol-karmiryany-hetevordnerin-patmel-e-adrbejani-koxmic-arcakhum-texi-unecox-razmakan-hancagortsutyunneri-masin.html 18:28 Roma's soccer midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Facebook:
"In light of the increased escalation of the conflict, as well as the continued targeting of innocent Armenian civilians and threat to their physical annihilation, we call on the international community to recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh and its right for self-determination"
"Recognize me? Recognize Artsakh." https://www.facebook.com/HenrikhMkh/posts/3539498296110848 https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033452.html 18:32:
the Education Ministry is negotiating with telecom carriers to provide free internet for Artsakh refugee kids in the event they need it for remote education during COVID. https://news.am/arm/news/610829.html 18:57:
Armenians held a demonstration in front of the British Petroleum office in London and called for the termination of business contracts with Azerbaijan. "Stop financing terrorism. Stop financing the war. Shame on BP." https://youtu.be/7ZdU-j2307c?t=25
Video: https://www.facebook.com/100008501857460/videos/2492213131072058/ https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033455.html
other regional news 10:40:
50 young Turkish men rushed into the St Anthony of Padua Church in the Austrian capital of Vienna and staged a rampage while chanting religious slogans, Austrian media reported. 10 of them have been identified. They were already under police radar. It comes days after Turkey's president Erdogan incited the mob; today he claimed any attack against him is an attack against Islam. https://sputniknews.com/europe/202010311080935917-some-50-young-people-with-turkish-background-rampage-in-catholic-church-in-vienna--reports/ https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033408.html 11:22:
25 dead and 410 injured after yesterday's earthquake in Turkey's Izmir province. There were 410 aftershocks, 33 of which were 4.0 or higher, with one being 5.0.
Nearby Greek island Samos has declared a 6-month emergency state after 2 died and 19 were injured. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033412.html
, https://news.am/arm/news/610771.html 12:02:
56% of Georgian voters participated in the Parliamentary elections. The Prime Minister said, "there won't be a return to the past." (referring to the possible return of Mikhail Saakashvili, a pro-Azeri ex-president of Georiga whose party is trying to unseat the government). The results will be available tomorrow. https://news.am/arm/news/610773.html
, https://news.am/arm/news/610866.html 20:01:
Pope Francis has declared priests Thomas Saleh and Leonard Melkin as martyrs. They were tortured and killed by Turkish troops during the Armenian Genocide, 22km from Beirut in the town of Baabdat. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033459.html
+4,991 tested. +2,381 infected. +1,001 healed. +41 deaths. 32,788 active. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033411.html
Ayrk, Gegarquniq will have a new 8km drinking water network soon.
CHkalovka's three main roads and public square are being renovated.
Nerqin Getashen will have new roads and an irrigation network. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033420.html
How to donate to Artsakh www.1000plus.am
(international, medical help for former soldiers) www.HimnaDram.org
(international, for Artsakh) www.ArmeniaFund.org
(U.S. tax-deductible, for Artsakh)
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rtsakh = Karabakh
Azerbaijani government's strategy to sacrifice ethnic minorities as disposable pawns
Yesterday, the Armenian army reported that the majority of dead Azeri bodies they identified were of ethnic minority origin. We learned
that there were internal clashes between ethnic minorities (Lezgin, Talysh) and the Azerbaijani government forces in various places. The minorities complained about the army draft which disproportionately deploys minorities in the front lines.
While Ilham Aliyev has been claiming the minorities are treated well in Azerbaijan by bringing the Jewish community as an example (which is relatively a small group that doesn't pose any threat and enjoys the good treatment partly due to the Israel-Azerbaijan economic partnership")
, the reality couldn't be further from the truth.
Ethnic Talysh activists are routinely arrested or forced to leave the country. Many had fled to Russia and even Armenia. Minority-run media outlets are shut. They've been complaining about extortions by representatives of authorities who usually impose harsher terms if the victim is a minority.
Here are two recent complaints about a mistreatment: https://youtu.be/mIFzDn8YhoI (ethnic Dagestani man discussing the alarming news that he keeps receiving from fellows in Azerbaijan) https://youtu.be/uvNT2o8lbHk
(ethnic Avar man exposes the mistreatment and asks Putin to intervene)
This article reports that Talysh minorities complain about disproportional military deployment in front lines: "По их информации, непропорционально много их соплеменников отправляется властями АР в зону военных действий". It also states: if the conflict isn't stopped soon, it could worsen the socio-economic situation in Azerbaijan and result in ethnic conflicts. https://riaderbent.ru/vojna-mezhdu-azerbajdzhanom-i-armeniej-stavit-pod-ugrozu-bezopasnost-vsego-regiona.html
A Twitter user posted a [unverified] screenshot sent from a friend who was drafted. The soldier said they are mostly Lezgins in front lines: https://twitter.com/janavur4/status/1311266148378464256?s=20
Another user claims that the Azerbaijani authorities went straight to people's homes in a village in the north-east region [minority area] and took 300 people. https://twitter.com/janavur4/status/1311266148378464256?s=20 https://twitter.com/halislek/status/1311306650435887106?s=20 https://youtu.be/mIFzDn8YhoI https://riaderbent.ru/vojna-mezhdu-azerbajdzhanom-i-armeniej-stavit-pod-ugrozu-bezopasnost-vsego-regiona.html Political expert:
There was some panic in Azerbaijan's Shamkhor and Ghazakh regions relating to minorities. In an ethnic Talysh town of Bilasuvar, the police dispersed the participants of a funeral who shouted the Shia phrase "Ya, Hussein". https://news.am/arm/news/605655.html
Tag: #Azerbaijan #Lezgin #Talysh
more reports arriving about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan / Jihadists share details BBC Syria reporter has learned from Karabakh:
"At least 8 KIA and 2 MIA among Syrian fighters in Karabakh on October 1st. Multiple attempts to save the injured failed as they came under artillery and mortar fire.
According to one of our contacts, a unit of Syrian SNA Fighters has been killed. He's on a family WhatsApp group of one of the dead fighters. A message was sent to explain the case of the officer missing in action. The message read: "One of the fighters was martyred during the assault. The major, and 2 other fighters, went to retrieve his body. On their way back, a shell exploded next to them. The major was injured and a rescue team went to get him.
While on their way to the rescue, a mortar round exploded right in their midst. All 8 of them were killed. Another group went in after them but I've no idea what happened next. It's mayhem here. We're being kept in the dark.
Was the last group successful? Did they die as well? Did they save the major? No one knows. Azerbaijan is vast. There 50kms between hospitals. We went to the nearest 2 military hospitals. We looked everywhere from before sundown till after. Nothing.
The Azerbaijani army stopped us. There were many difficulties along the way, trying to find the Major. We failed. Please inform his family of those details. He may not have been martyred at all.
Thread: https://twitter.com/Dalatrm/status/1311758817688985618?s=20 Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:
"Nagorno-Karabakh battles | Nearly 30 Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries killed in 48 hours, over 60 others missing"
Reliable sources have informed us that the Turkish government has thrown Syrian mercenaries into the ongoing battles in Karabakh. After having been told that their task was to “guard the oil fields and borders” in Azerbaijan, they have been noticeably involved in the battles in the past 2 days.
We have documented a spike in the number of fatalities among the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan [see the headline for #]. https://www.syriahr.com/en/186420/ https://www.syriahr.com/en/186288/
international media covers the Karabakh War Russian journalist Ilya Varlamov tells the history of Karabakh conflict:
in ancient times it was part of Greater Armenia before becoming disputed. Historians also write that it was on the border between Armenia and Caucasian Albania (not Albania), whose population was consisted of ancient Caucasus people who are more similar to modern Georgians. Armenians were the majority.
Today, Azeri historians think their ancestors are not only the Turks but also the Caucasian Albanians. Turks came in the 11th century and dominated in 13th. Around this time, many Armenian rulers of Karabakh fell under the Turkic rule. As Christians, they were paying higher taxes.
Russian Empire came in the 19th century and the conflict was frozen. Russia favored Armenia due to the same religion.
Then the 1915 Armenian Genocide happened and many Armenians fled from Turkey to Karabakh, where they had to face the Karabakhi Turks again.
After Russia exited WW1, Turkey attacked Armenia and met fierce resistance. During the Russian revolution, there was an Armenian-Azeri war. It ended when Bolsheviks came into power in both countries. Bolsheviks began drawing maps and decided to join Soviet-Karabakh, 94% of which were Armenians, to Azerbaijan while giving it some "autonomy". 94% of Soviet-Karabakh were
The territorial conflict persisted during USSR but clashes were avoided. It resumed in the 80s. Millions of Armenians marched for the reunification of Karabakh. Karabahki Armenians supported it.
Soon it turned into clashes and ethnic cleansing was done in both states. People migrated. Soviet uncertainty made it worse.
After Azeri nationalists committed the massacres of Armenians in Baku, the USSR introduced troops in Baku.
USSR and Azeri forces were disarming Armenians of Karabakh and deporting them to Armenia. Then Moscow's intervention ended in Aug-21-1991 because USSR fell. The Karabakh conflict resumed.
Russian Rain TV reporters were among those who were targeted
by Azerbaijani missiles while in a city. Here are their reports from the scene: https://youtu.be/SDqfIvkSf-8 https://youtu.be/e0hpbTOUKQ0 Middle East Monitor
: "We were deceived’, says Syria mercenary fighting in Azerbaijan"
Days after arriving, the untrained Syrians were forced to fight on the front lines as the fighting broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region.
“They loaded us into troop carriers, we were wearing Azeri uniforms, and each of us was armed with a single Kalashnikov weapon. Most of the people here are poor civilians who wanted the money, not soldiers, stopped the car and we were surprised that we were in the line of fire. We did not even know where the enemy was.” https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201001-we-were-deceived-says-syria-mercenary-fighting-in-azerbaijan/
(Hindi news arout the conflict) इस बात के पक्के सबूत हैं कि अजरबैजान ने पूरी साजिश के तौर पर नागोरनो कारबाख पर हमला किया : https://youtu.be/Mlzf83zBNsg
a few more things that happened earlier
Anonymous hacking group from Greece hacked into 83 (150 as of October 1st) Azerbaijani government websites in support of Armenia. They uploaded server data. https://t.me/reartsakh/3928
Armenian army ambushed and killed a group of 32 Azeri soldiers. The video won't be posted here, but here is a blurred out scene for identification purposes because there were some "rumors" about it: https://twitter.com/lostarmoustatus/1311780208412897280?s=20
Artsakh president Arayik paid a visit to the French Le Monde journalist who was injured by Azeri artillery fire. https://news.am/arm/news/605473.html
October 2ns arrives 00:08 am:
Azerbaijan operated 4 drones in the Armenian territory at midnight. 1 above Abovyan (not far from capital Yerevan), and 3 above the Gegharquniq province (where the big lake is). All 4 were found and destroyed. That brought the total number of Azeri drones shot in one day to 7 (the rest was over Artsakh air). https://t.me/infocomm/21684
, https://www.facebook.com/shushanstepanyan/posts/3290976814271789 00:18:
Artsakh war veteran Karen Javalyan, one of the commanders of Yeghnikner battalion, has received the title of Artsakh Hero "for capturing new Azeri positions and strengthening strategic heights" https://youtu.be/oIlgs9-_j18
, https://t.me/reartsakh/3927 00:46 president Sarkissian to Al-Jazeera:
Turkey pretends as if it's not interfering in this conflict. There is extensive evidence that proves otherwise. The people of Karabakh expressed their choice in 1991 after the fall of the USSR. Azerbaijan decided to fight against the newly independent Armenians of Karabakh. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029908.html 00:49:
Pashinyan has called for Turkey's expulsion from OSCE Minks Group, reiterating that the OSCE group is the format that should handle the negotiations. "We look forward to the active participation of the peaceful community in ending the aggression... At this stage, the enemy does not show any intention to stop hostilities." https://news.am/arm/news/605477.html 1:15 Armenian MFA:
Azerbaijan and Turkey threaten world security by involving the mercenaries. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029909.html 1:35:
Pashinyan has a conversation with Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien about Azerbaijan's deployment of jihadists and the need to oust them from the region. https://twitter.com/armgov/status/1311786240023441409?s=20
, https://twitter.com/armgov/status/1311786242443444232?s=20 1:50:
video showing the aftermath of Azerbaijani shelling of civilian settlement. "This is a war crime": https://twitter.com/Artak_Beglaryan/status/1311781822343401473?s=20 1:47:
the U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has urged the external players (Turkey) not to intervene in the conflict, and for both sides to cease the fire. "We hope that in the coming days they will see that violence will not resolve ethnic-political conflicts." https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029912.html 1:52:
the video shows armored vehicles that Armenians captured from Azeri soldiers after the latter's unsuccessful attack. A soldier recalls the event, "we saw them coming so we took the rocket launchers and hit 3 of them. They ran away. It's a gift for us." https://youtu.be/LvqN66y7OfI
, https://t.me/infocomm/21694 7:48:
The Justice Ministry has sent all their employees, including women, to undergo a target practice. Male employees will operate real guns, while women will start from "electronic" before using a real one. https://news.am/arm/news/605491.html 8:48 army:
the night was relatively stable but tense. Yesterday the dynamics of the battles were unprecedented. The types of weapons, the quantities of weapons and personnel, etc. There was no significant change in the tactical situation. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029925.html
, https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285896/ 8:42:
the army released footage showing the aftermath of the destruction of an Azeri helicopter. A massive fireball is formed after it crashes on the ground. https://youtu.be/nsFU1a_z7cc 8:56 army:
at around 7:55 am we shot an Azeri plane and a drone. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029926.html 9:24 National Security Services:
Azerbaijan is using an Armenian phone number with a hope to call Artsakh civilians and spread panic by sharing false information. They also ask people to send back valuable data, while claiming to be the Armenian government. Beware. https://t.me/infocomm/21703 9:29:
army released a clip from front lines showing the soldiers doing their job. "We have no problem. No step back." https://youtu.be/P2U2C4hxLl4 9:31 army:
զգետնվեց. We shot another Su-25 jet belonging to Azerbaijan. (4th since yesterday?) https://twitter.com/arcrunmod/status/1311901521123000322?s=20 9:36:
military reporter WarGonzo tells a joke he heard from an Armenian soldier in front line.
Translated: there are scars in the skies above the London. Berry: What's happening?
The air defense is working. Why?
Drones are flying, but don't worry, Artsrun said it's not dangerous. [if you didn't get it just scroll down]
Original: Над Лондоном в небе разрывы. Бэримор - что происходит? Работает ПВО! Почему? Летают беспилотники, но не переживайте - Арцрун сказал, что это не опасно https://t.me/wargonzo/3546 9:46:
the wounded French Le Monde journalist has been transported to Yerevan. The surgeons in Stepanakert saved his life yesterday. https://t.me/infocomm/21705 10:12
: Armenian govt will require a special permit for Armenians to enter Artsakh in order to keep the vital roads free for essential movement. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029934.html 10:47
: army released the names of 54 more soldiers who died during the battles, bringing the total verified/identified to 154. The wounded are being verified. (the numbers arrive with a delay) https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029938.html
, https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029958.html 10:58 Artsakh army
: the battles continue in all directions. We repelled all their attacks.
During the past day, Azerbaijan has lost 39 armored vehicles, 17 drones, 4 Su-25 jets, 3 Mi-24 helicopters, approximately 830 soldiers, and an artillery division. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029940.html 12:21 Artsakh army
: one of the dead Azeri soldiers was carrying an Israeli-made Tadiran radio communication unit. Data extraction revealed that the group was commanded mostly in Arabic. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029942.html 11:19 MFA
: we welcome the announcement by the OCSE Minks Group about an immediate ceasefire. We condemn the Azeri aggression, Turkish intervention, and the involvement of international terrorists. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029943.html 12:06:
the army shared a photo of a missile remnant, saying "Azerbaijan used a cassette bomb, which is against international law especially if used against civilians." https://factor.am/289819.html 12:24:
Pashinyan gave an interview to Le Figaro. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029950.html 12:16 army:
Azerbaijan has used Smerch against the civilian population of Hadrut. There are wounded. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029949.html 13:08 army
: we shot one more Azeri plane and 2 drones. The enemy also lost tanks and infantrymen. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029959.html 13:12:
Artsakh's telecom operator Karabakh Telecom will be temporarily run by the government until the emergency ends. All services will become free until January 1st. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029960.html
, https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285893/ 13:28
: Russian famous rock musician Yulia Chicherina went to Artsakh. Russian reporter WarGonzo says she was online until the area was bombed by Azeri drones; now they can't get in touch with her. Her representative was also unable to reach her. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029962.html 13:30:
photos showing the damage done to civilian houses in Hadrut. https://factor.am/289885.html 13:45:
army shared a photo of a destroyed Azeri T-90 tank. "The boys struck it pretty easily".
Tank photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029968.html
According to "Caucasus Live" map, the aforementioned Armenian photo was taken near Karakhanbeyli [abandoned] village, which Azerbaijan claimed to have captured yesterday. Azerbaijan provided no proof of capturing it. The lesson is, whenever there is a land capture claim, wait for more information before drawing conclusions. between 13:53 and 23:00:
Azerbaijan targeted capital Stepanakert's civilian infrastructure several times. Significant damage was done to the emergency department building
and vehicles. 10 wounded; their lives aren't at risk. At least one death. The military hospital sustained some damage. Artsakh vowed to respond proportionately, "Aliyev's family will bear responsibility." https://youtu.be/z6TzyHoMzmU
, https://t.me/sashakots/17097 https://factor.am/290133.html
, https://t.me/wargonzo/3565 14:23 army:
The Armenian army is brought to the full level of combat readiness. Military units are being replenished. Groups are sent to defense zones. Ex-security adviser Abrahamyan
: Reserve gathering in Azerbaijan is close to failing. There are videos showing how people are being pushed into buses and sent to the front.
The morale of the person going to the front in that condition is clear. Turkey does not care about Azerbaijan or its citizens when solving its regional problems. It is interested in Azerbaijan as a platform to advance interests in our region. https://factor.am/289928.html
, https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285898/ 14:33:
army released footage showing the destruction of multiple Azeri military objects. In another instance, Azeri soldiers are seen abandoning a tank and routing, while half get sniped by Armenians.
Video: https://youtu.be/fLe0lxzFBQw Turkey's Erdogan
: Jerusalem is a Turkish city from which the Turks were forced to leave with the tears in their eyes. The city is ours. 15:43 QP MP Lena:
It is time for Israel to realize that the drones sold to Turkey will sooner or later fly to Jerusalem. https://news.am/arm/news/605618.html
, https://factor.am/289942.html 15:09 army:
Azeris have lost 1750 KIA, 109 drones, 10 helicopters, 205 tanks and armored vehicles, 6 planes, 1 Smerch missile unit, https://factor.am/289958.html 15:11:
Azerbaijan used, presumably an Israeli LORA missile, against a bridge connecting Armenia to Artsakh. A journalist says the bridge was still usable. https://t.me/sashakots/17089 15:30 MoD of Armenia
: Azerbaijan is lying about us firing Tochka-U missile from the Armenian territory at Azerbaijan. We haven't done so yet despite Azeri drones targeting areas near the Armenian city of Vardenis. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029988.html 15:31:
the Russian singer Yulia Chicherina has established contact with the world again. She is unharmed. She says the Azerbaijani drones opened fire at civilians in an Artsakh village where she was staying. She plans to perform for the soldiers in the front. "Good luck to everyone. Hurray. We will win."
Here is she performing: https://youtu.be/yCpSX5VAZ7U?t=24 https://youtu.be/QC0Kt-hiIJc
. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029989.html 16:00 army:
we shot 5 Azeri planes and 3 helicopters around 4 pm. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030005.html 16:11 NSS to public
: Azeris created new social media news pages to spread false information. Avoid its consumption by following news sources you trusted before the war. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030002.html 16:33 Pashinyan interview to The Globe and Mail
: We are fighting in the front lines of civilization. Countries that are allied with Turkey through NATO, such as Canada, should decide which side they are on.
Turkey's allies in NATO must explain why F-16 jets are bombing the civilian population of Karabakh. Western countries should review their policies of supplying military tech go Turkey. (It was revealed that Turkey uses western parts in their tech) https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030006.html Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister
says he’s willing to halt military export permits to NATO ally Turkey if an investigation determines Canadian technology is leading to human rights abuses. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/champagne-says-he-will-stop-arms-exports-to-turkey-if-rights-abuse-uncovered 16:53:
the wounded soldier proposes his girlfriend while in the hospital
Video: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030008.html 17:20 RIA Novosti:
a minibus with Russian and Armenian journalists was targeted by fire. No injuries.
Photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030027.html https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030017.html 20:02:
banak.info journalists were also shelled by Azeri fire earlier today. https://news.am/arm/news/605675.html 18:28:
video showing how journalists were targeted by the Azeri fire. https://youtu.be/3sAef__znJM 17:11 Reporters Without Borders:
Azeri authorities should investigate and explain the source of fire that had wounded 4 journalists in Martuni. Everyone had "PRESS" uniforms and they were there to interview civilians about the damages. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030013.html 17:22:
450 Armenian women have signed up to volunteer for army service. The MoD will decide their duties. https://youtu.be/MmjoTRh_mBE?t=22 17:44:
an army official shared a photo of food they found in the captured Azeri vehicles. Some perishable meat, but fancy nonetheless. "Ilham feeds them well yet they still didn't fight." https://news.am/arm/news/605652.html 17:59:
Georgian police are investigating two incidents of unknown people damaging (already restored) international internet cables that connect Armenia-Georgia-World. Both incidents happened in Georgian areas with the majority ethnic Azeri population. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030028.html Harisa:
sculptor Vigen Avetis is preparing harisa on fire, dedicated to soldiers. Թուր կեծակին այսօր հայ ազգի մոտ է: https://youtu.be/448KMDVmGKg 18:17:
the second voluntary group consisted of ethnic Yezidi-Armenians is being formed to aid the first group in front lines https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285928/ 18:59 army:
we captured an Azeri BTR-82A armored vehicle.
Photo: https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285931/ 19:03:
Armenia's major telecoms will provide Artsakh residents a basic internet/call/SMS package for free. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030042.html 19:09:
Azeri media outlets such as Haqqin circulated fake news about capturing Artsakh's 163th division's flag. The image of the supposed flag displayed by them even had grammatical errors. https://t.me/reartsakh/3992 19:39:
The religious leader of Iran's Alborz province (Tehran suburb) urged for a ceasefire and criticized Israel for sending military equipment "to the borders near Iran with an intention to destabilize the country's borders." (Israel sends aid to Azerbaijan) https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030040.html 19:59:
Yerkrapah leader and 90s war veteran Sasun Mikaelyan gave an interview to Vice News in which he spoke about the need to defend the nation. https://youtu.be/GvtJ_7H9iWI 21:00 army:
the opponent continues to change tactics but we repelled all attacks, big and small. In the past 24 hours, Azerbaijan has lost 540 soldiers, 700 wounded, 45 armored vehicles. We shot 6 planes while most of them were not in the air (airport?). 3 helicopters, 6 UAVs. We mostly defended, with other types of strategies in some locations.
Opponent continues to target civilian settlements. Journalists were targeted, Hadrut and Stepanakert were targeted twice. Civilians were injured. https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianUnifiedInfoCentevideos/993886707689143/ Azerbaijani outlet
1newz.az claims they counted 645 KIA in Azeri forces as of September 29th. https://youtu.be/-JgcL5T1DGs?t=17 21:55:
Artsakh president signs a decree to reward soldiers who did exceptionally well. 12 soldiers received the Order of the Combat Cross. https://news.am/arm/news/605685.html 22:11 Artsakh govt:
we have no difficulties with distributing pensions and salaries. The utilities won't be shut for those who can't pay the bills. https://t.me/infocomm/21853
, https://t.me/infocomm/21856 22:19 army:
while fighting in Mt. Mrav areas, our Sergeant showed exceptional heroism and ingenuity. When he had to, he retreated from his position, misled the opponent, waited for the right moment, attacked again, and took the position. https://t.me/infocomm/21860 22:20 army:
we have not used our full potential yet. https://t.me/infocomm/21861 22:58 army:
we have all the resources necessary to do our duties. Of course, we have losses and we spend bombs, fuel, bullets, etc., but we have reserves and were prepared. https://t.me/infocomm/21871 23:00
: a humanitarian aid has reached bordering Martakert. https://youtu.be/qp29Y_bfJIg 23:14:
a video uploaded by a non-official army account shows the aftermath of Armenians capturing their outpost back, as stated by a soldier. Bodies of a large number of Azeri soldiers are seen laying around.
Graphic: https://t.me/reartsakh/4011 23:36 army:
we just shot down two Azeri drones. https://t.me/reartsakh/4012
Armenians continue to react from around the world.
$19m has been donated so far through All-Armenia Fund and Artsakh govt's bank account. https://news.am/arm/news/605701.html
International tennis player Karen Khachanov is saddened by the violence against civilians. "Armenians have not started and do not want this war." https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029932.html
HayPost's U.S. branch has processed 20 tons of aid in the past 2 days, with the help of Californian-Armenians. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029977.html
Fly Armenia Airways donated medication to Artsakh. https://news.am/arm/news/605510.html
Students in Gyumri organized a humanitarian aid collection and donated blood. https://factor.am/290099.html
Armenian community in São Paulo organized a rally in front of the Turkish and Azeri embassy to condemn the aggression. https://news.am/arm/news/605633.html
experts discuss possible ways to mediate a ceasefire
Russian "Time will tell" debate-show on a state-run TV has invited guests. Here are some bits. RUS host:
Aliyev went to a hospital to meet the wounded. At some point, the number of wounded can become a political issue. But the words he used there don't suggest that it'll end in 2 weeks [as suggested by a guest]. Aliyev:
Armenian forces must completely and immediately leave Karabakh. Then we'll cease the fire. RUS host:
by making these maximalist demands, which obviously won't be met, does he hope to continue the war for longer? AZE guest:
Azerbaijan is fighting to enforce the international community's position that Armenians should withdraw. RUS host:
nope, that's not what the international community's position is. Right now the international community wants an immediate ceasefire. European Council General Secretary said: both sides should stop military actions immediately and follow through the ECHR demands. AZE guest:
Exactly. Pay attention to the second part. The Council said "separatists must meet all the demands imposed on them" RUS host:
no, wait a second. ECHR's demand [wasn't about separatists withdrawing] is about not targeting civilians. AZE guest:
imagine if the international community asked USSR in 1942 not to take action against Hitler. RUS host:
Sorry, but that's disrespectful to Armenian and Azeri grandpas. That's low. AZE guest:
for Azerbaijan this is a Great Patriotic War (WW2). We will stop when the Armenian army withdraws. RUS host:
how many hundreds of thousands of Azeri soldier lives are you ready to sacrifice before you realize Armenians will not voluntarily withdraw the army? AZE guest:
ask the same to Pashinyan. RUS host:
then sit down and discuss together. Negotiate. RUS guest:
we know from history that peace can be achieved by forcing them. Someone has to come and force the two. Russia cannot do that right now [all Russians present agreed]. When Azerbaijan cites UN Resolution about returning its territories, Azerbaijan ignores the Resolution's segment that says "the lands can only be returned peacefully". Azerbaijan is violating UN resolution through the use of force. This gives the legal right for a 3rd party organizations to take action against both. RUS host:
but who is the 3rd party organization? RUS guest:
Minsk Group has Russia, France, and the USA. The USA is silent. France is just now doing something rhetorical stuff. Only Russia is saying let's "try".
[Turkey becomes the main theme. Guests criticize its aggressive stance.]
the international response
Greek MP Stelios Kympouropoulos of the European Parliament is leading a campaign with 24 colleagues to ask the Euro Parliament whether it intends to sanction Azerbaijan, and what steps will the Parliament take to pressure Aliyev. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030054.html
The U.S. state of Michigan has officially recognized Artsakh as an independent republic, becoming the 8th state to do so.
The Senator who drafted the bill: Artsakh's history is similar to that of ours. Freedom, self-determination, democracy, and peace. https://factor.am/289843.html
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and 49 other House members have asked State Department to demand for Turkey and Azerbaijan to end hostilities in Armenia and Artsakh, amid reports of Turkish intervention and jihadists. https://factor.am/289826.html
Key Senate and House leaders, joined by 60 members of Congress, demand sanctions against Turkey and an immediate cut-off of military aid to Azerbaijan. http://asbarez.com/197347/senate-house-leaders-urge-pompeo-to-bakus-military-sanction-turkey/
Chilean Chamber of Deputies has passed a resolution condemning "Azerbaijan's aggression against Karabakh which resulted in deaths of hundreds of civilians and soldiers." https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030026.html
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine rejected the reports about Ukraine expressing willingness to aid Azerbaijan in the conflict, and suggested for those who circulated that report to "take their pills". A Ukrainian MP later said a media outlet purposely twisted her words for headlines.
Ukraine president Zelensky later confirmed that they won't supply arms to either side. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029980.html
Emmanuel Macron says they have identified 300 of the mercenaries that Turkey shipped to Azerbaijan, and they are all jihadists from the Aleppo area. https://t.me/sashakots/17077
Macron will speak with Erdogan "to demand answers" about the verified reports about the Syrian mercenaries. He urged all NATO members to behave like one. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029951.html
, https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285889/ Russian military expert Mikhail Khodarenko:
in these five days, the Azeri army has failed to achieve the task that they had for the first day. In comparison, Israel managed to bring to its knee a much larger Arab coalition in 6 days. I think Azerbaijan didn't even come close.
Ilham Aliyev has lost the "golden period" and has no major successes. His arsenal is depleting and will weaken in 3 days. If you couldn't achieve the task in the first few days, you can't achieve it with a depleted arsenal even within several weeks. https://factor.am/289982.html https://m.russia.tv/brand/60851/videos/episode/2449155/2227674/ French MP Valerie Boyer:
Islamist terrorists fight alongside Azerbaijan to kill Karabakh Armenians. The international community cannot stay indifferent to the killings. https://news.am/arm/news/605623.html
European Union will send 500k Euro emergency aid to Armenian and Azeri civilians who were affected in war. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030001.html
BRENT oil fell to $39. The low prices have a significant impact on Azerbaijan's economy. They formed the 2020 budget last year assuming it would be $55. The economy has worsened since April, followed by their border escalations. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030007.html
, https://factor.am/289979.html Reuters
: Bus carrying Russia, Armenian journalists hit by artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh https://www.reuters.com/article/armenia-azerbaijan-bus-int/bus-carrying-russia-armenian-journalists-hit-by-artillery-fire-in-nagorno-karabakh-ria-idUSKBN26N2BO Reuters
: Two French journalists seriously wounded after shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan-journalists-condit/two-french-journalists-seriously-wounded-after-shelling-in-nagorno-karabakh-idUSKBN26M5U7
BBC showed the damage to civilian infrastructure in Stepanakert. Several streets and buildings. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030058.html
the eurobonds have been fully repurchased
Armenia published $700m eurobonds (borrowed cash) in 2013 with a repurchasing deadline of 2020. In 2019, amid improving economy, democracy, and international indexes indicating better conditions, the govt was able to borrow for a much smaller interest rate.
The 2013 eurobonds have been fully repurchased. $200m in 2015, $402m in 2019, and the rest of $98m (plus fees) in 2020. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029939.html
+3,897 tested. +532 infected. +187 healed. +3 deaths. 5709 active.
It looks like the second wave has reached the region. Georgia recorded a whopping 453 new cases. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029963.html
Top-3 most popular books
It's Friday. That means we have stats on the most-read books by Yerevan residents. This one is about documentary genre books that were read in August.
3) Ո՞ւր է իմ պանիրը, by Սպենսեր Ջոնսոն.
2) Sapiens. մարդկության համառոտ պատմությունը, by Յուվալ Նոյ Հարարի
1) The monk who sold his Ferrari, by Ռոբին Շարմա. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029811.html
Read yesterday's thread for details about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan and Turkey: https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/j3g62t/oct12020_events_war_in_karabakhartsakh_yerevan/
Some other sources of news you might consider: https://haghteluenq.com/
The world is celebrating the International Day of Non-Violence today! https://www.un.org/en/observances/non-violence-day
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