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Azerbaijani tanks shell breakaway region killing one: rebels

- Azerbaijani tanks on Wednesday shelled positions in the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region for the first time in more than 20 years, the rebel defence ministry said, as Armenia arrested a former army officer accused of spying for its archfoe.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a bloody conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory in the 1990s before reaching a tenuous ceasefire in 1994 but they have not signed a peace deal and clashes erupt regularly.

The ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan enjoys the backing of the Armenian authorities.

"For the first time since the ceasefire, Azerbaijan has used tanks on the Karabakh frontline," killing one soldier, the rebel defence ministry said in a statement.

"Some 1,500 shots were fired from tanks and grenade-launchers," the statement added.

Azerbaijan offered a different version of events, saying Armenia had fired mortar rounds at settlements in Azerbaijan.

The defence ministry in Baku warned it would launch retaliatory strikes on "enemy" army positions in Nagorny Karabakh, close to the frontier.

"The regime in Armenia bears responsibility for all of this," Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another tinder box, just waiting for a match to explode it.

And if Moscow is supporting Armenia in this issue (as it has many troops and military supplies here), is the US arming and supporting Azerbaijan in making this move now, to generate yet another proxy war against Russia?

As reported in April, 2015 at www.nationalinterest.com:

Diplomacy is barely keeping the lid on a conventional war in Ukraine; from Nigeria to the Fertile Crescent war is about as common as peace. But to make accurate predictions about tomorrow’s conflicts, we need to look away from the preoccupations of the moment and turn our attention to the places that trouble is festering unnoticed. To that end, let me introduce readers to my choice for 2015’s sleeper hotspot: Nagorno-Karabakh. What is it that makes Nagorno-Karabakh particularly dangerous? First, there is virtually no room for compromise between the two sides: Azerbaijan refuses to settle for anything less than full control of the entire area, while Armenia will not countenance anything more than a purely symbolic restoration of Azeri sovereignty. It is difficult to imagine Azerbaijan surrendering its claim to almost one-fifth of Azerbaijan’s official territory for any reason. Azeri President Ilham Aliyev continues to assert Azerbaijan’s claim with increasing forcefulness. Armenia is also unlikely to relinquish any land, because Nagorno-Karabakh effectively increases the size of Armenian territory by one-third, which is very valuable for a small, thin and landlocked nation with little strategic depth and historic enemies on almost all sides. The Karabakh conflict is a zero-sum game.

I could find no specific evidence of Azerbaijan buying weapons from the US government, but the reason for this may be that the UK is taking care of this for the US; please note, as documented at https://www.caat.org.uk/issues/arms-fairs/dsei/it-starts-here/azerbaijan from November of this year, that Azerbaijan was invited, directly by the British government,to their Arms Fair:

Issues Arms Fairs DSEI It Starts Here It starts here - Azerbaijan and DSEI 2015 Three uniformed police officers holding back a protester Police repression in Azerbaijan, 2012 Emma Hughes of Platform on Azerbaijan's invitation to DSEI 2015 So our government have invited Azerbaijan to attend the London Arms Fair. To those of us who know people fighting for democracy in Azerbaijan it doesn't come as a surprise. The Aliyev family have been in power in Azerbaijan since the early 1990s. In 2003 Heydar Aliyev died and was replaced by his son Ilham Aliyev ensuring the continuation of this brutal dynasty. The family have ruled through a combination, of rigged elections, a tightly controlled media and a determination to stamp out dissent – which means anyone who opposes the government is likely to find themselves in a cell or a hospital. The Aliyev's rule has been cemented by the oil company BP. In 1994 the British oil company signed a deal with the Azerbaijani government that allowed them to extract oil from beneath the Caspian sea. known as the Contract of the century this deal bought huge wealth and influence to the Aliyevs. One government over whom they have the most influence are the UK who for twenty years have been cheer leaders for the Aliyev regime. What will be on Azerbaijan's shopping list at the arms fair? A personal shopper from Hacking Team might have some suggestions...Hacking Team work with governments and corporations to increase their surveillance capability. This means monitoring the communications of internet users, deciphering encrypted files and emails, recording skype conversations and remotely activating microphones and cameras. The company has been heavily criticised for providing their products to governments with seriously shady human rights records. They'll no doubt find some more at the Arms fair – including an old customer – the Aliyev regime. Azerbaijan's invite comes on the back of a terrible crackdown in the country that has seen lawyers, activists, journalists, politicians, historians, bloggers and human rights defenders imprisoned, including Platform allies like the talented human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and the charismatic democracy activist Rasul Jafarov. In August the peace activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus were sentenced to 8.5 and 7 years respectively. Both Leyla and Arif are in extremely poor health. There are growing concerns they will die in jail. And just over a week ago investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil was imprisoned for seven and a half years

So the bottom line here is that the UK is pimping its war wears to a country with a human rights record JUST to the right of that of Attila the Hun, and we are surprised to see this kind of aggression against Nagorno Karabakh right now, when Azerbaijan understands that brand new instruments of death and destruction are on their way, courtesy of the British government, and their weapons manufacturers?!?

I have long since abandoned the notion of "coincidence" when it comes to geopolitics.

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