Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in Karabakh conflict

Saturday, 03 Oct, 2020

On Thursday, Erdogan said the OSCE Minsk Group which is responsible for negotiating a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has no right to call for a ceasefire, and said that the organisation should demand that Armenia put an end to its "occupation" of the breakaway Azerbaijani region instead.

On Monday evening, Azerbaijani forces launched "a massive offensive in the southern and northeastern regions of the Karabakh front", said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Atsrun Hobani Xian. Border clashes broke out early Sunday when Armenian forces targeted Azerbaijani civilian settlements and military positions, leading to multiple casualties.

Azerbaijan's civilian death toll has risen to 19, with 55 wounded, its prosecutor general's office said.

The war left Nagorno-Karabakh as majority Armenian after hundreds of thousands of Azeris were forced to flee and with an Armenian-backed government in control.

Almost 200 people have been confirmed killed, including more than 30 civilians, and there are fears of the fighting expanding into an all-out, multi-front war that could suck in regional powers Turkey and Russian Federation.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies France and Turkey traded angry recriminations on Wednesday as worldwide tensions mounted over the fiercest clashes between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces since the mid-1990s.

The leaders expressed "readiness" to see a statement made on behalf of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group - Russia, France and the USA - that would call for an "immediate" end to fighting and start of talks, the Kremlin said. A report stated that Turkey had sent 4,000 ISIS fighters from Syria into Azerbaijan via Turkey and is paying each of them the equivalent of $1,800 dollars a month.

Armenia and Russian Federation are both members of a military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), along with four other ex-Soviet countries, a relationship that Armenia finds essential to its security vis-à-vis its arch-foe Azerbaijan.

"Turkish instructors are fighting along with the Azerbaijanis [in Nagorno-Karabakh - TASS]", Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Nagdalyan told Tass.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused one another of firing directly into each other's territory, while Turkey has denied shooting down an Armenian fighter jet as the worst regional fighting in the area since the 1990s raged for a third day.

Cahanquba Quliyeva, a 28-year-old architect in the Azeri capital Baku, said she was anxious her husband and brother would be called up to fight.

Armenia said two French nationals working for France's Le Monde newspaper had been wounded during Azeri shelling of the Armenian town of Martuni and taken to hospital.

When we arrived, the soldiers were pulling pieces of what they said was an Israeli-built rocket out of the tarmac. Officials in Baku say their army also destroyed 22 Armenian tanks and other heavy armored vehicles, 15 "Osa" anti-aircraft missile systems, 18 drones, eight artillery installations, and three ammunition depots.

The terrorists are being paid huge money for fighting against the Christian country of Armenia in favour of the Muslim country Azerbaijan.