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Oct 03 10:56

Armenia withdraws ambassador to Israel over Azerbaijan arms sales

Armenia has recalled its ambassador to Israel over the country's arms sales to Azerbaijan, as the two Caucasus countries continue to clash over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Protesting against the Israeli weapons exports on Thursday, Anna Naghdalyan, Armenia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said: "Israel's workstyle is unacceptable. The ministry has to call back its ambassador in Israel."

Israel's foreign ministry said Armenia's decision to withdraw its ambassador was regrettable.

Oct 03 10:53

Erdogan hopes Azerbaijan will continue offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh until disputed region is free from ‘Armenian occupation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will stand with Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, calling on Baku to continue its assault and re-take control of the region.

Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s “full support” for its ally during his Friday speech at the inauguration of a city hospital in the central Turkish province of Konya.

“The brotherly state of Azerbaijan has started a great operation both to defend its own territories and to liberate the occupied Karabakh,” he said. “Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart.”

Oct 03 09:50

MAJOR: CIA And MI6 Behind Armenian–Azerbaijani Conflict?

The clash between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been escalating fast. There is a full scale war going on, with both sides using heavy artillery, tanks, and aviation, with confirmed causalities already being in the hundreds, including civilians.

Oct 03 07:54

How America Helped Create The Conflict In The South Caucasus

On September 27, almost certainly as a result of an offensive by the Azerbaijani army, hostilities resumed between two old foes in South Caucasus, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Both sides are at loggerheads over a mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh—internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but under de facto Armenian control since the early 1990s, as are a number of adjacent Azerbaijani territories. In the dying days of the Soviet Union, both sides engaged in a bloody war. The conflict was suspended after a precarious, Moscow-mediated ceasefire in 1994, but it’s festered ever since. It was only a matter of time as to when it would erupt again.

Oct 03 07:52

The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons

As the pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, new information keeps coming out about how the Trump administration has made it harder for Americans to protect themselves.

We now know, for example, that early in the pandemic the U.S. Postal Service had planned to deliver five face masks to every US household. It could have made mask-wearing a lot more common a lot earlier – and maybe saved a lot of lives. But the White House scrapped the idea.

Now we also know that the Trump administration took $1 billion in stimulus funds that were supposed to go towards making masks and other protective equipment for the pandemic – and gave most of it to weapons manufacturers.

Those funds were part of $10.6 billion in CARES Act money allocated to the Pentagon – a staggering sum, especially since the bloated military budget already claims 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar available to Congress.

Oct 03 07:47

Armenia Says it Is Ready to Work for Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire

Armenia said on Friday that it is ready to work towards a ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where the country has been battling with Azerbaijan since Sunday.

Armenia’s foreign ministry said it “stands ready” to work with the US, France, and Russia “to re-establish a ceasefire regime.” The US, France, and Russia co-chair the Minsk Group, which was set up in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to promote negotiations and peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey has been accused of intervening in the conflict on behalf of Azerbaijan. On Friday, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he has evidence of Turkish support. “We have proof,” Pashinyan said. “They are using drones and Turkish F-16 to bomb civilian areas in Nagorno Karabakh.”

Oct 03 07:47

Syrian Fighter Details His Experience in Nagorno-Karabakh

Since fighting broke out between Armenian forces and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, there have been reports of mercenaries from Syria participating in the battle. The Guardian published a story on Friday that quoted a Syrian who was recruited to support Azerbaijan.

The Guardian, and other media outlets, had previously reported that a Turkish security firm recruited men in northern Syria to work as border guards in Azerbaijan for around $1,000 a month. The governments of Russia and France have said they have information that indicates fighters are being sent to the conflict zone from northern Syria.

On Friday, AFP cited the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and said 28 Syrian fighters have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh. Relatives of three fighters confirmed their deaths to AFP.

Oct 03 07:44

No Rapid Victory in Sight for Caucasus Rivals in Karabakh

Neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan can be confident of a rapid victory in the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh, with both geography and the risk of foreign involvement making a military breakthrough unlikely, analysts say.

Both sides inherited equipment, military doctrine, and tactics from the Soviet era, while even their modern equipment comes mostly from Russia, the analysts say.

Azerbaijan can count on a larger standing army, foreign-supplied drones, and a military budget that dwarfs that of Armenia. But this may not be enough to tip the balance in a hugely complex confrontation.

Oct 03 07:41

This everyday piece of hardware crashed an $11 million drone

It’s the little things that make all the difference, like when an $11 million MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed out of the night sky because of a small metal washer that you can buy at a hardware store.

The washer was not on the aircraft itself, but inside the ground control station, where it came loose and created an electrical short that sent erroneous commands to the Reaper, throwing it into an uncontrolled final landing in the early morning of April 10, 2019.

Oct 03 07:40

The Army is shutting down its highly praised Asymmetric Warfare Group

For nearly 15 years a little known but highly influential Army group has been in the middle of how the Army learns immediate lessons from combat, adapts to the evolving battlefield and saves soldiers' lives.

It’s called Asymmetric Warfare Group, and the Army is shutting it down next year.

The Army made its official announcement today that by mid-2021, AWG will be discontinued.

Oct 03 07:39

Bus carrying Russia, Armenian journalists hit by artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh: RIA

A bus carrying Russian and Armenian journalists, as well as a U.S. citizen described as a ‘volunteer’, was hit by artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the RIA news agency reported on Friday.

RIA’s correspondent said there were no casualties.

Oct 03 07:38

Nagorno-Karabakh defence ministry reports 54 more military casualties

The defence ministry of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh reported 54 more military casualties on Friday, bringing the death toll to 158, Russia’s Interfax news agency said in a report.

Fighting broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh -- which is part of Azerbaijan but run by its mostly ethnic Armenian inhabitants -- and has reached its most serious level since a war in the 1990s.

Oct 03 07:38

'We want more': Armenians in America push Trump administration to support homeland

Hasmik Burushyan has not lived in Armenia, but like many young Armenian-Americans in her California city, she feels a strong connection to her ancestral land and a deep concern for what could happen next in an escalating conflict with Azerbaijan.

Oct 03 07:37

Russia, Iran Concerned About Syrian and Libyan Fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif talked by phone on Friday and expressed concern over the involvement of Syrian and Libyan fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Two Syrian rebel sources have told Reuters that Turkey is sending Syrian rebel fighters to support Azerbaijan, something both Ankara and Baku have denied. French President Emmanuel Macron has also accused Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to the region.

Oct 03 07:13

Azerbaijan Shares Video of Its Military Inflicting 'Crushing Blow' to 'Armenian Military Equipment'

The reignited conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed region has been ongoing since last Sunday when Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating the 1994 ceasefire.

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence published video allegedly showing an attack on Armenian military equipment.

"The situation at the front remains tense. During the night, the enemy’s combat activity in various directions of the front has been suppressed and a crushing blow was inflicted upon it. Fierce battles continue along the entire front," the caption to the video says.

Oct 03 07:12

Live Updates: Turkey 'Stands by the Oppressed' in Caucasus, Erdogan Says

The hostilities in Azerbaijan’s Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh (known as Artsakh in Armenian) erupted on Sunday when both parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, said on Saturday that he was going to the frontline with the special forces.

Armenia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, which controls most parts of Nagorno-Karabakh, said that Azerbaijan had launched an offensive on the breakaway region, and both declared martial law and mobilisation. Azerbaijan has also declared martial law and partial mobilisation.

Oct 03 07:04

‘It’s gone’: RT crew witnesses municipal building turned to rubble by Azerbaijani shelling of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh (VIDEO)

The intense military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reached the largest city and de-facto capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region where Azerbaijani shelling has destroyed the Emergencies Ministry complex.

The shells and rockets fired by the Azerbaijani artillery that used to explode on the outskirts of the city known as Stepanakert to its ethnic Armenian residents and officially called Khankendi by Baku are now rocking the very city center and hitting residential areas even at night.

A military hospital and two apartment buildings were damaged in the latest Azerbaijani shelling launched at the city after dusk. An RT crew at the scene has taken photos of damaged cars, smashed-out windows and an apartment block slightly damaged in the attack.

Oct 03 06:47

Azerbaijan releases new aerial footage claiming to show bombing raid on Armenian soldiers as fatalities in the conflict near 200

A video shared by Azerbaijan's defence ministry claims to show Armenian military personnel being bombed as the conflict between the two nations escalates.

The aerial footage - likely recorded from either a gunship or a drone - appears to show the Azerbaijani aircraft targeting Armenian soldiers and military equipment.

Shared on Friday with the title 'Another video recording of the enemy’s heavy losses in military personnel and combat equipment', the video is the latest in a series in which Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence claims to demonstrate its attacks.

Oct 02 12:23

AZERBAIJANI FORCES PUSH TO SEIZE LARGEST KARABAKH CITY. DRONES STRIKE TARGETS INSIDE ARMENIA

On October 2, the Armenian-Azerbaijani war entered its 5th day. Forces of the Azerbaijani military, supported by Turkey, continued their attempts to capture the contested Nagorno-Karabakh Region and to dismantle the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which is overwhelmingly populated by Armenians.

Intense artillery duels and Azerbaijani airstrikes are being reported across the entire frontline in Karabakh, and even near some parts of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. Nonetheless, the main clashes still take place in the districts of Fizuli and Jabrayil, where Azerbaijan have achieved their main gains capturing several positions from the Armenians. The Azerbaijani artillery together with Turkish-made and Israeli-made combat drones played a key role in the tactical successes of Azerbaijan on the battlefield.

Oct 02 08:40

Russia, Turkey talk Azeri-Armenian conflict, agree coordination

Russia says its foreign minister and his Turkish counterpart have addressed the ongoing flare-up between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, agreeing coordination of their efforts towards stabilization of the situation in the region.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the discussion had taken place on Thursday during a telephone conversation between Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu.

It said both the officials confirmed "readiness for close coordination of the actions of Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation with the aim of returning the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the channel of peaceful talks."

Oct 02 08:39

Azerbaijan vows to fight until Armenia’s ‘full withdrawal’ from Karabakh

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev says his country will keep fighting until Armenian forces “fully” withdraw from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, as tensions continue between the two South Caucasus neighbors.

“We only have one condition: Armenian armed forces must unconditionally, fully, and immediately leave our lands,” Aliyev said on Wednesday, adding that, if “the Armenian government fulfills the demand, fighting and bloodshed will end, and peace will be established in the region.”

The statement was made on the fourth day of fighting between Azerbaijan’s military and Armenian-backed forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, the heaviest in years.

Scores of deaths have been reported in the fighting over the past days, with Yerevan and Baku continuing to accuse one another of being responsible for the war.

Oct 02 08:37

Syrian JIHADIST fighters are operating in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Macron says, citing ‘credible information’

Militants from extremist groups previously active in Syria have arrived in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh amid the ongoing military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

“Now, we have credible information, which indicates that Syrian fighters from some jihadist groups have reached the Nagorno-Karabakh battlefield through Gaziantep,” Macron told journalists as he arrived at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, mentioning a southern Turkish city the militants supposedly passed through on their way to the disputed region.

Oct 02 08:35

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting spreads: Yerevan says it shot down Azeri drone near CAPITAL as airstrike kills man inside Armenia

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia has spilled over from the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, as the government in Yerevan claimed to have shot down four Azeri drones after an airstrike killed a man inside Armenia proper.

Armenian authorities said that four drones operated by Azerbaijan appeared on Thursday in the sky over the Kotayk province bordering the nation’s capital city, as well as the Gegharkunik province across the border from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Three of them had been destroyed earlier in the day, and the fourth was shot down near Yerevan later in the evening, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced on Facebook. Video of the explosion quickly made its way to social media.

Oct 02 08:34

Live Updates: Leaders of EU Countries Call for Cessation of Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh

Renewed clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have been underway since Sunday when both sides accused each other of aggression along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh. The two subsequently announced the marshalling of their respective forces, with Baku declaring partial mobilisation and Yerevan full mobilisation.

Fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh, as both sides publish numerous videos of enemy aircraft and miltary vehicles, destroyed during the clashes. Russia, France, and many other countries have called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease the hostilities and return to negotiations, while Turkey has supported Baku, promising aid "in talks and in combat", and warning that any aggression against Azerbaijani territory is an attack against Ankara.

Oct 02 07:14

Armenia Warns Clash with Azerbaijan Could Become ‘Another Syria’

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said on Wednesday that the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Caucasus mountains could become “another Syria” if the international community does not take action.

“Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?” Sarkissian said in a CNBC interview. “The international community has to realize that if you don’t interfere now, then Caucasus will become another huge problem.”

Sarkissian criticized Turkey’s active support for Azerbaijan in the conflict, noting that the Turks “have problems 360 degrees around them” in the Mediterranean, Greece, Libya, and Iraq.

“They are creating problems everywhere,” he said. CNBC reported that many Armenians believe Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan is partly motivated by lingering animosity over the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of the Armenians a century ago – an event the modern Turkish government refuses to acknowledge.

Oct 01 15:31

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Oct 01 10:14

Air Force Reveals Six-Gen Stealth Jet Has Been "Built And Flown"

The US Air Force has revealed a new stealth fighter prototype it says has already secretly built and flown, according to Defense News.

So move over F-22 Raptor, or better yet, maybe its time for the Air Force to rethink its unreliable F-35 Lightning II program because there's a new stealth jet that could potentially dominate the skies by 2030.

Air Force acquisition head Will Roper recently spoke with Defense News and said the jet, built under the Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, could enter production "pretty fast."

"We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before," Roper told Defense News in an exclusive interview ahead of the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in mid-September.

Oct 01 10:07

At Least Three Syrian Fighters Killed in Nagorno-Karabakh

On Wednesday, the Guardian published a story that said at least three “Syrian opposition” fighters have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh, where Armenia and Azerbaijan have engaged in heavy fighting since Sunday.

Multiple media outlets have cited sources in northern Syria that said a Turkish security company offered Syrian fighters around $1,000 a month to travel to Azerbaijan.

The Guardian spoke with the families of Syrian fighters who were reported to be killed in Nagorno-Karabakh. One man, Omar Abdo, is the cousin of a slain fighter named Muhammed Shaalan. Abdo said he was contacted by members of the Hamza Division on Tuesday who told him of his cousin’s death.

The Hamza Division is a Turkish-backed Syrian opposition group based in northwest Syria, a group Turkey has deployed to fight against Gen. Khalifa Haftar in Libya.

Oct 01 10:06

Armenia publishes photos of wreckage it says is SU-25 warplane shot down by Turkish F-16 jet

Armenia posted pictures on an online government platform on Wednesday of the wreckage of a plane it said was a SU-25 warplane shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Sept 29.

Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied Yerevan’s claim that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down the Armenian plane, killing the pilot. On Wednesday Armenia’s defence ministry named the pilot as Major Valeri Danelin.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of their decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire.

Oct 01 09:45

Israel Is Sending Weapons to Azerbaijan as Fight With Armenia Continues

Israeli arms are fueling Azerbaijan’s fighting with Armenia in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the president of Azerbaijan, told Israeli media that the Azeri military has been using Israeli-made attack drones in the recent violence.

Israel and Azerbaijan are major trading partners. The two countries have signed defense agreements together, and it is believed that Israel provides the Azeri military with 60 percent of its weapons. Israel also gets a large amount of its oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan. Azeri cargo planes have been recently spotted at an air force base in southern Israel.

Oct 01 09:39

US Army receives 1st of 2 Iron Dome batteries, unlikely to buy more

The United States received its first of two Iron Dome batteries from Israel on Wednesday just over a year after signing a purchase agreement, the Defense Ministry said, though the American military will likely not buy additional systems going forward.

“These batteries will be employed in the defense of US troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats,” the ministry said.

Oct 01 09:39

Explained: Armenia and Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a deadly armed confrontation since Sunday over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, prompting fears of an all-out war in a strategic international oil and gas corridor.

Nagorno-Karabakh is at the centre of an ethnic and territorial conflict between the two countries that dates back to the early 20th century.

A breakaway Armenian-majority region inside Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh has around 150,000 inhabitants.

Armenia is majority Christian, while Azerbaijan is majority Muslim.

Oct 01 06:10

Live Updates: Azerbaijan Says Destroyed Armenian Military Convoys in Nagorno-Karabakh

Renewed clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have been underway since Sunday when both sides accused each other of aggression along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh. The two subsequently announced the marshalling of their respective forces, with Baku declaring partial mobilisation and Yerevan full mobilisation.

Fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh, as both sides publish numerous videos of enemy aircraft and miltary vehicles, destroyed during the clashes. Russia, France, and many other countries have called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease the hostilities and return to negotiations, while Turkey has supported Baku, promising aid "in talks and in combat", and warning that any aggression against Azerbaijani territory is an attack against Ankara.

Oct 01 06:09

Russia ‘deeply concerned’ about reports of mercenaries from Syria & Libya being sent to fight in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow has condemned the alleged use of “foreign mercenaries and terrorists” in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, calling them a threat to the entire region that must “immediately” be withdrawn.

“Militants of illegal armed groups, in particular from Syria and Libya” have been transported to the conflict zone “in order to directly participate in the hostilities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Wednesday statement commenting on the recent reports, adding it was “deeply concerned” about the development that creates “long-term threats to the security of all countries in the region.”

Oct 01 06:07

Armenian Expert Azadian: Russian Military Base In Armenia Is A Deterrent Against The Turkish Threat; Turkey Foments Crises So It Can Intervene In, Or Exploit, Destabilized Regions In Order To Expand Its Empire

"The threat of war continues to loom on Armenia's border. The battle in the Tavush region of Armenia was only one episode which may very well be followed by others. The Armenian side is cognizant of the fact that it should not yet rest on its laurels. [2]

"Armenia proved the battle-readiness of its armed forces. But to what extent? President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has characterized Armenia's victory against Azerbaijan as a 'punch well beyond its capacity,'[3] which in strategic terms may be interpreted as the victory by Armenia being the result of tactical assistance from its strategic ally, Russia.

"In today's wars, drones have expanded the surveillance scope of armies. In this particular battle, the Azerbaijani army, which had boasted of its state-of-the-art military hardware, failed to deploy them properly and thus the Armenian side downed 13 of their drones, in addition to inflicting other critical losses.

Oct 01 05:55

Armenian Defence Ministry Says Karabakh Forces Downed Three Azerbaijani Planes Today

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have escalated since Sunday, with the sides accusing each other of being responsible for the aggression along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The armed forces of the unrecognised Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh have downed two Azerbaijani planes and a helicopter, the Armenian Defence Ministry said, thereby reporting overall three planes allegedly downed in the area since Thursday morning.

"The divisions of Armenia's air defence in Karabakh shot down" the said vehicles in the south and south-east of the contested region, the press secretary for Armenia's Defence Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, wrote on Facebook. She claimed the helicopter fell on territory controlled by the Karabakh armed forces.

Sep 30 15:59

Casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting, sides resist pressure to talk

Even though casualties are rising in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, the two sides are resisting pressure to start talks to end the latest round of conflagrations over the disputed South Caucasus region.

Four days after a decades-long territorial dispute prompted the heaviest fighting between Azerbaijan’s military and Armenian-backed forces in years, Yerevan and Baku continue to accuse one another of being responsible for the war.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that Armenia continued shelling the city of Terter, located along the contact line in Karabakh.

“Units of the Armenian Armed Forces have been conducting artillery shelling of the city of Terter,” it said. “According to preliminary information, some damage was done to civilian infrastructure, there are injuries.”

Sep 30 15:52

Azerbaijan has ‘handed over’ command of its Air Force ops in Nagorno-Karabakh to Turkey, Armenian defense ministry claims

The Azerbaijani military has passed control of its air force operations in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region to Turkey, Yerevan claims. Ankara insists no Turkish aircraft was used in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Turkey’s military command has allegedly been coordinating the Azerbaijani airstrikes against targets in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian defense ministry’s spokeswoman, Shushan Stepanyan, said in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

Sep 30 13:29

AZERBAIJAN CLAIMS DESTRUCTION OF ARMENIAN S-300 SYSTEM AS NUMBER OF CLAIMED WAR CASUALTIES REACHES THOUSANDS

On September 30, the Azerbaijani-Armenian war entered its third day with another increase in casualties and victorious communiques from both sides.

In the morning, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed that its forces had put out of service an Armenian S-300 long-range air defense system near the village of Shushakend in the Khojaly District of the Nagorno-Karabakh Region. How the long-range system might have appeared near the contact line in the contested region remains a mystery. Unfortunately, the Azerbaijani troops and media units at the site were not able to film a video to explain the situation. Apparently, their phones and cameras must have run out of power.

Sep 30 13:28

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: President Aliev Says Azerbaijan Will Restore its 'Territorial Integrity'

The clashes between Baku and Yerevan have been escalating since Sunday, as both sides accuse each other of aggression, and share numerous pieces of footage of the opponent's destroyed military vehicles.

Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity, President Ilham Aliyev stated on Wednesday, adding that the country had hoped to reach the result via negotiations, but they were useless. He also said that Baku will stop its offensive if the Armenian military leaves "occupied territories", stressing that it is the one and only condition.

"Armenia must abandon the occupation policy. However, the Armenian prime minister sets conditions for us, he set seven conditions. I said not so long ago that we reject these conditions. We have only one - the Armenian Armed Forces, of course, must immediately leave our lands", he said during a meeting with wounded servicemen.

Sep 30 13:22

Baku claims to have destroyed S-300 air defense system & killed or wounded 2,300 Armenian soldiers as Karabakh clashes continue

Azerbaijan claims to have killed or wounded more than 2,000 Armenian troops during fierce fighting in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenia had disputed such high numbers.

Around 2,300 "enemy personnel" have been killed or wounded since fighting broke out on Sunday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry reported. Officials added that an Armenian S-300 air defense missile system was destroyed at the frontline in Karabakh, along with around 130 tanks and more than 200 artillery pieces.

Yerevan had previously denied Baku's claims of killing hundreds of its soldiers. Armenia's Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said that 16 servicemen were killed.

Sep 30 07:36

Tehran rejects media allegations of arms transfer to Armenia via Iran

Iran has dismissed as lies reports by some media outlets about the transfer of weapons and military equipment to Armenia through the territory of the Islamic Republic.

“The movement of trucks and the transit of conventional civilian goods between the Islamic Republic of Iran and neighboring countries have been ongoing as usual,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

However, he added, “in addition to closely monitoring and controlling the movements and transit of goods to other countries, Iran does not allow the use of its soil for the transfer of weapons and ammunition.”

Sep 30 07:09

Azerbaijani-Armenian War: Turkish F-16s Enter The Game. Armenia Threatens To Use Iskander Missiles

The Armenian-Azerbaijani war continues raging in the South Caucasus.

As of September 29, the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region struck the Armenian defense and Azerbaijani forces were not able to achieve any military breakthroughs. Armenian troops withdrew from several positions in the Talish area and east of Fuzuli.

Sep 30 07:00

Azerbaijan and Armenia Reject Talks as Fighting Continues

Azerbaijan and Armenia both rejected pressure to hold peace talks after fighting erupted in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The conflict could be spreading further, as both sides have accused one another of firing directly into each other’s territory on Tuesday.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev spoke to Russian media and ruled out the possibility of any talks. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the same media outlet that negotiations are not possible while fighting continues.

Since fighting started on Sunday, dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded. With clashes continuing for the third day, it prompted the UN to convene for emergency talks. Observers noted this is the heaviest fighting the enclave has seen since a ceasefire was declared in 1994.

Sep 30 06:52

US Military Patch Depicts Drone and Skull Over China

US Airmen conducting drills with MQ-9 reaper drones in California this month have been sporting patches that depict a drone and a skeleton over a red silhouette of China.

Sep 30 06:51

US Will Base Massive Navy Ship in Greece, Near Disputed Waters

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the US will be basing a massive Navy ship in Souda Bay, a joint US-Greek military base on Greece’s island of Crete. The move could be seen as a symbolic show of support from the US for Greece in its maritime spat with Turkey.

Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the resource-rich waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea. In August, Turkey sent a research vessel accompanied by warships to waters over which Greece claims exclusive rights to. Athens responded by sending warships of its own, which led to a tense standoff between the NATO allies.

The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams that is being deployed to Souda Bay is an expeditionary sea base ship. This is not the type of ship the US would deploy to intervene if a high-intensity conflict broke out between Ankara and Athens, but the timing of moving the vessel to Crete sends a clear signal to Turkey.

Sep 30 06:50

2 wells for drinking water near Naval Base Kitsap contaminated

Two wells bordering Naval Base Kitsap’s southern edge have been found to have potentially harmful levels of contamination caused by a firefighting foam used on the base.

The Navy is expanding testing this fall to examine a larger area for its presence, the Kitsap Sun reported.

Sep 30 06:49

Azerbaijan says 12 Azeri civilians killed, 35 wounded by Armenian fire

Twelve Azeri civilians have been killed and 35 wounded by Armenian fire, the Azeri Prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

The statement marked a sharp rise in reported civilian casualties from a flare-up in fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Sep 30 06:37

Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Claims to Have Destroyed Armenian S-300 in Nagorno-Karabakh

Both Yerevan and Baku have accused each other of attacks along the line of control and published videos, depicting the destruction of drones, aircraft, tanks, and armoured vehicles of the opposite side.

The Azerbaijani military on Wednesday announced that it had destroyed an Armenian S-300 missile system in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku also claimed that at least 2,700 Armenian troops had been killed and wounded in the recent clashes.

"Yesterday, during the fighting on the territory of Shushakend, in the Khojavend district [the line of contact in Karabakh], an enemy S-300 anti-aircraft missile system was disabled", the ministry said.

Sep 30 06:32

Iran FM calls for immediate cessation of hostilities, Yerevan-Baku dialogue

Iran’s foreign minister has reacted to the latest round of military confrontation in South Caucasus, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic is ready to do all in its power to restore peace to that region, because "our region needs peace now."

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a Twitter post on Sunday, in which he called for “an immediate end to hostilities,” and urging, “dialogue to resolve differences.”

Iran’s foreign minister also indicated the Islamic Republic’s readiness to "provide good offices to enable talks" between

Sep 30 05:42

Monitor: Turkey Sending Syrian Fighters to Azerbaijan

Several hundred Syrian fighters have been sent by Turkey to support Azerbaijan in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, according to a war monitor and a Syrian rebel commander.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has researchers across Syria, said over 300 Syrian fighters have been deployed to Azerbaijan, Turkey’s longtime ally.

“These Syrian fighters come from two ethnic Turkmen armed groups, including the Sultan Murad Division and the Suleyman Shah Brigade,” Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory, told VOA in a phone interview Tuesday.

Sep 30 05:39

Dramatic Video Shows Armenia Score Direct Hit On Azerbaijani Drone

Now in the third day of full war in the disputed Karabakh region, Armenian forces have managed to shoot down an Azerbaijani drone that was flying over their positions, all of which was captured in widely circulating video.

The moment the missile struck is clear in the video given the powerful explosion and fireball that ripped through the skies over the battlefield. It underscores that both sides are increasingly deploying high-grade sophisticated weaponry in the mountainous battle zone.

Sep 30 05:39

F-35 Stealth Jet Crashes After Mid-Air Collision Over California 

A Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter crashed in Imperial County, California, at around 4 p.m. PT Tuesday while attempting an aerial refueling mission with a Lockheed Martin KC-130J refueling tanker, according to USNI News.

On Tuesday afternoon, "it was reported that an F-35B made contact with a KC-130J during an air-to-air refueling evolution, resulting in the crash of the F-35B. The pilot of the F-35B ejected successfully and is currently being treated," read a statement from Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield to USNI News.

"The KC-130J is on deck in the vicinity of Thermal Airport. All crew members of the KC-130J have been reported safe," Butterfield said.

Sep 29 12:46

AZERBAIJANI-ARMENIAN WAR: TURKISH F-16S ENTER THE GAME. ARMENIA THREATENS TO USE ISKANDER MISSILES

The Armenian-Azerbaijani war continues raging in the South Caucasus.

As of September 29, the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region struck the Armenian defense and Azerbaijani forces were not able to achieve any military breakthroughs. Armenian troops withdrew from several positions in the Talish area and east of Fuzuli.

The Azerbaijani military has been successfully employing combat drones and artillery to destroy positions and military equipment of Armenia, but Azerbaijani mechanized infantry was unable to develop its momentum any further.

Sep 29 07:56

Discussions between Greece and Turkey over the East Mediterranean will end before they begin

Tensions between Greece and Turkey that became a geopolitical crisis in the East Mediterranean appear to be finally subsiding after Ankara withdrew from Greece’s maritime space the Oruç Reis Turkish research vessel and the warships escorting it. Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an initiated the crisis at the beginning of August in search of oil and gas deposits in Greece’s maritime space, his administration, along with Turkish media that is 90% controlled by the government, continually makes the claim that Greece must “demilitarize” their East Aegean islands “as stipulated by the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne.” The Treaty of Lausanne set the borders of the modern Greek state, with the exception of the Italian-occupied Dodecanese islands that reunited with Greece in April 1947 after the signing of the Paris Peace Treaty between Italy and the World War II Allies. It also set the borders for the modern Turkish state.

Sep 29 07:48

‘Support both on and off the battlefield’: Turkey throws weight behind ‘brotherly Azerbaijan,’ in fresh escalation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu announced on Tuesday that Ankara will stand by Azerbaijan in the face of what he described as “Armenian aggression,” and offered both diplomatic and military assistance.

Speaking after a visit to the Azerbaijani embassy in Ankara, Çavu?o?lu told the press that the only way the fighting will end is if Yerevan rolls back on the ‘occupation’ of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed similar sentiments.

“We talked about the aggression of Armenia and shared our thoughts on how it should be resolved,” said Çavu?o?lu. “There is only one solution: Armenia will withdraw from the territories it occupies. UN resolutions on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan are clear.”

Sep 29 07:30

Air Force moves to cancel contracts for training on ‘white privilege’

The Air Force is taking the first steps toward canceling any contracts for diversity and unconscious bias training that include segments on white privilege and other controversial subjects, as called for by the White House.

The Air Force’s move follows a Sept. 4 memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought, which alleged executive branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars “'training' government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

Sep 29 07:22

What's The Conflict Between Greece And Turkey All About?

The majority of people tend to think of the concept of history as if it is something relegated only to the past. As if they are not living through what will become history in the future. Doing so allows them to maintain a thought process that convinces them that world wars and European wars, in general, are over.

After all, Europe learned its lesson in the Big One – and the Big One after that. Of course, with any such incident, there’s history, and there’s what actually happened.

If things between Greece and Turkey don’t cool down, a European/Mediterranean war will ensue.

Such a war would not be merely European but Euro-Asian and, at its furthest reach, global.

Sep 29 07:22

Armenian-Azerbaijani War Rages In South Caucasus

On September 27, a new regional war in South Caucasus arose from the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Pro-Armenian forces captured the region in the early 90s triggering an armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Further development of the hostilities and the expected offensive by pro-Azerbajian forces were stopped by a Russian intervention in May of 1994. As of September 2020, the Nagorno-Karabakh region and nearby areas are still under the control of Armenian forces, de-facto making it an unrecognized Armenian state – the Republic of Artsakh (more widely known as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).

Sep 29 07:19

Heavy Casualties as Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Continues

Fighting that erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians in the contested mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh continued throughout Monday.

Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said 26 more of their soldiers were killed on Monday evening, bringing the total of dead Nagorno-Karabakh troops to 84. Eleven civilians have been reported killed in the fighting, nine on the Azerbaijan side, and two on the Armenian side. So far, no Azeri military casualties have been reported.

Armenia and Azerbaijan, both post-Soviet states, have been locked in a territorial dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades.

After heavy fighting killed thousands in the early 1990s, a ceasefire was declared in 1994. While there have been flare-ups since the ceasefire, these latest clashes are the heaviest the region has seen since 1994.

Sep 29 07:19

Azerbaijan Denies That Turkey Is Sending Fighters From Syria

Azerbaijan rejected a statement from Armenia that claimed Turkey had sent Syrian fighters to support Azeri forces after heavy clashes in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. On Sunday, fighting erupted between Azeri and Armenian forces in the disputed area and continued on Monday, leaving dozens dead.

Armenia’s ambassador to Russia claimed that Turkey sent about 4,000 fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh from northern Syria. An aid to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev denied these rumors.

“Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” the aid said.

Sep 29 07:18

Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential

The winner in this war seemed so obvious – Azerbaijan, the oil-rich nation whose defence spending is much larger than the government budget of its impoverished adversary.

But for three decades and against all odds, cash-strapped Armenia defended its unrecognised satellite, Nagorno-Karabakh, a South Caucasus territory north of Turkey and Iran. Dominated by ethnic Armenians, it violently broke away from Azerbaijan after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

How?

Sep 29 07:15

Turkey demands Armenia 'ends its occupation of Azerbaijan' amid re-ignited Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded Armenia put an end to its "occupation" of Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, after fresh clashes broke out over the weekend.

"The time has come for crisis in the region that started with the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh to be put to an end. Once Armenia immediately leaves the territory it is occupying, the region will return to peace and harmony," Erdogan said.

His comments came after Turkish foreign minister reiterated his country's full support for Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on Monday.

Sep 29 06:44

Nagorno-Karabakh Live Updates: Armenia Claims to Have Downed Azerbaijani Helicopter

Armenia and the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh previously declared martial law and general mobilisation, while Azerbaijan declared partial martial law and partial mobilisation, closing its airports to all countries except Turkey.

Both sides report continuing clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, with numerous photos and videos of the fighting from Monday and Sunday published on social media. Azerbaijan has claimed that Armenian forces lost 550 servicemen, while Armenia reported only several dozen casualties, adding that Baku had lost hundreds of soldiers.

The UN Security Council plans to convene later in the day in order to address the clashes, according to media reports.

Sep 29 06:42

Armenia tells bitter enemy Azerbaijan to brace for ‘HARSH RESPONSE’ as civilian bus hit & set on fire in new cross-border strikes

Azerbaijani artillery and aircraft have pounded a military base in Armenia, and a civilian bus has been hit in a “drone strike,” the Defense Ministry in Yerevan reported, telling its rival to brace itself for a “harsh response.”

Azeri forces targeted non-combatants in the small Armenian border town of Vardenis on Tuesday, according to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, an Armenian Defense Ministry representative. If the information is true, it would mark a serious escalation in the conflict, as a direct attack on Armenia proper.

The official uploaded to social media what he said was photographic documentation of the aftermath of a strike by an Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Sep 29 06:40

Russia Appears Indecisive As Turkey Exposed As Backing Azerbaijan War In Karabakh

From the first minutes of the start of new large-scale hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict, officials in Yerevan and Stepanakert (the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) pointed to the direct participation of Turkey in preparing an Azerbaijani offensive along the entire line of contact. Armenian experts also speak about this, citing rather convincing arguments.

Sep 29 06:40

Turkey hiring Syrian rebels to fight Armenians for Azerbaijan, Guardian claims, as Baku calls reports on mercenaries ‘nonsense’

In an echo of events in Libya, rebels from Syria’s Idlib province are being recruited by Turkey to fight for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, The Guardian has reported, citing several militants.

Idlib is Syria’s northwestern province, and the last bastion of the Turkish-backed militants who once hoped to effect regime change in Damascus. It is there the recruitment drive for Azerbaijan began a month ago, three rebels told the Guardian’s correspondent Bethan McKernan. Her story was published on Monday evening.

Two brothers from Azaz said they had been summoned to a camp in Afrin on September 13 and told by a commander in the Sultan Murad Division that three- or six-month contracts were available “guarding observation posts and oil and gas facilities” in Azerbaijan for 7,000-10,000 Turkish lira a month.

Sep 29 06:36

Joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh

On April 15, Moscow hosted a working meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, convened at the Russian initiative. The meeting was attended by Sergey Lavrov, Elmar Mammadyarov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who were joined by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov from Russia, Andrew Shaffer from the United States, Stéphane Visconti from France) and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Nagorno-Karabakh Andrzej Kasprzyk.

Following on the agreements reached by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan at a summit in Vienna on March 29, 2019, the participants at the meeting discussed the situation on the border and the line of contact, as well as prospects for organising humanitarian interaction. The parties held a detailed exchange of views on the key aspects of a settlement.

Sep 29 06:35

Armenia warns it will deploy Russian-made Iskander missiles if Turkey uses American-built F-16 jets in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia is prepared to use Russian-made Iskander ballistic missiles in the Nagorno-Karabakh region if Turkey deploys its American-built F-16 fighter jets in support of the Azeri offensive, officials insisted on Monday.

However, Yerevan, while calling the F-16s a “Sword of Damocles” hanging over the people of the disputed enclave, said it hopes the situation won’t escalate to that extent.

The Armenian ambassador to Russia Vardan Toganyan said on Monday that “all measures, including the Islanders,” were on the table if Ankara deployed the jets.

However, he added, the time for that has not come yet. According to Toganyan, air defense systems in the area are enough to deal with Turkish and Azeri drones that have been used so far.

Sep 29 06:33

UN Security Council to convene for emergency meeting as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting enters third day & Yerevan/Baku exchange threats

The UN Security Council is set to gather later on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where Armenian and Azeri forces are fighting in a major flare-up of the decades-old smouldering conflict.

Initiated by five EU countries - Belgium, France, Germany, Estonia, and the UK, some 15 UN Security Council members will hold talks behind closed doors without the parties of the conflict, possibly issuing a joint declaration after the meeting.

Previously, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored "the need for an immediate stop to the fighting and resumption, without preconditions, of meaningful negotiations without delay." Major world powers including the US, Russia, France, and Germany, have also urged the adversaries to cease hostilities immediately and resume talks.

Sep 29 06:12

Turkish F-16s back Azeri attack on Karabakh, Sarkissian says warning of Ottoman Empire's ghost

Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in its attack on Artsakh with its F-16 fighter jets, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said.

President Armen Sarkissian was delivering opening remarks at the CYBERSEC2020 international cybersecurity conference which is taking place in partnership with NATO.

Sep 29 06:12

Azerbaijani attacking forces continue suffering heavy losses – 5 tanks, 11 UAVs destroyed by Artsakh

Azerbaijan continues attacking Artsakh at the entire perimeter of the line of contact and military operations are ongoing.

“The Azerbaijani side is launching attacking attempts, using artillery, UAVs and armored-tank forces,” the Artsakh Ministry of Defense said in a statement on September 29.

“The Artsakh Defense Army units are successfully thwarting the enemy attacks, inflicting significant losses to the enemy manpower and armored equipment. According to updated information, the adversary lost 11 more UAVs, including loitering munitions, 1 engineering armored equipment, 4 82A armored personnel carriers and 5 tanks. The adversary has also multiple manpower losses,” it said.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Sep 29 06:09

Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh escalate: Live

Russia has urged Turkey to work to bring an end to deadly clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region as Ankara has strongly backed Azerbaijan.

“We call on all sides, especially partner countries such as Turkey to do all they can for a ceasefire and get back to a peaceful settlement of this conflict using political and diplomatic means,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

“Any statements about some kind of support and military activity undoubtedly add fuel to the flames. We are categorically against this.”

Sep 29 06:08

Death Toll Rises in Armenia-Azerbaijan Fight Despite Calls for Pause

Fierce fighting raged between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Monday, sparking bellicose rhetoric from regional power Turkey despite international pleas for a halt in fighting between the longtime enemies.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute over the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh for decades, with deadly fighting flaring up earlier this year and in 2016.

Sep 29 05:59

Here Are 4 Potential Hotspots Where The Next World War Could Erupt At Any Time

If 2020 had a slogan, it would be “The Year Of Our Discontent.” This sentiment is felt in virtually every country globally as national governments declare war on their economy, the working class, the poor, and the very old and the very young. In America, the “discontent” is genuine.

Already reeling from a mass propaganda campaign of division created by the MSM corporate outlets, Americans were still attempting to claw their way out of an economic depression with some success.

Then, of course, came COVID.

Sep 29 05:58

Live Updates: Azerbaijani Forces Able to Retaliate if Armenia Uses Iskander Missile System - FM

Last week, the situation escalated along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Armenia and Azerbaijan waged war over the disputed territory until 1994, and since the end of the war both sides have been holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence accused Armenian forces of attacking the city of Terter on Monday, promising to retaliate in kind. The ministry also claimed that servicemen destroyed at least two Armenian tanks amid the recent clashes. At the same time, Yerevan said that Azerbaijan is continuing to attack the region using heavy artillery.

Military hostilities erupted between the two sides on Sunday along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, with each side blaming the other for putting civilian lives in danger.

Sep 29 05:57

Armenia claims Azerbaijani artillery attacks are intensifying as Nagorno-Karabakh officials allege they've downed Azeri warplane

Fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified, on Monday, with heavy civilian and military casualties reported amid disputed claims of an Azeri warplane being shot down.

Azerbaijani troops and forces from Nagorno-Karabakh have been trading artillery and rocket fire, with the population of much of Karabakh told to seek shelter. Meanwhile, Armenia has declared a general mobilization and barred men between the ages of 18 and 55 from leaving the country, except with the approval of military authorities.

The most intense attacks took place in the Aras river valley, near the border with Iran, and the Matagis-Talish front in the northeast of the region, according to Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan. He claimed that the Azeri side has lost 22 tanks and a dozen other vehicles, along with 370 dead and many wounded.

Sep 28 15:32

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 15:30

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 10:52

Armenia Stands "Ready" To Trigger Defense Pact With Russia As Azerbaijan Fighting Intensifies

Armenia could trigger its collective defense pact with Russia, the latter which also has a sprawling military base at Gyumri in the northwest part of the country, but on Monday the Armenian Ambassador to Moscow, Vardan Toganyan, has said the escalation of fighting with Azerbaijan has not reached that point yet.

Sep 28 09:23

Turkish claims that the PKK is operating in Artsakh set dangerous precedent

Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994.

Sep 28 09:19

Armenia Says It Is Checking Report of Syrian Fighters in Azerbaijan

Armenian Defence Ministry said on Sunday it was checking reports about combatants from Syria who are allegedly fighting for the Azerbaijan's side in clashes over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh province.

Hikmet Hajiyev, the foreign policy aide to the Azeri president, dismissed the report carried by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as "nonsense".

At least 16 military and several civilians were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2016, reigniting concern about stability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets.

Sep 28 09:18

Azerbaijan says shelling from Armenia kills 5 people from one family

Azerbaijan’s general prosecution office said on Sunday that five people from one family have been killed by the shelling from Armenia’s forces, the first civilian casualties from Baku in the latest flair up over a breakaway province.

Clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh region, reigniting concern about instability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines transporting oil and gas to world markets.

Sep 28 07:25

NATO Arms Sales to Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean Dispute

Recent confrontations in the Eastern Mediterranean – fueled by the prospect of exploiting offshore gas deposits – have raised fears of an upcoming armed clash in the region. The main contenders in the complex dispute are Greece and Cyprus on the one hand and Turkey on the other. The latter has advanced controversial claims over waters that are traditionally recognized as being under Greek and Cypriot jurisdiction. But other states are also involved due to geopolitical and economic interest, most notably France, Egypt, Israel, Italy, the US and Russia. While diplomacy is at work to prevent a destabilizing conflict, regional powers are also preparing for this scenario by conducting exercises and purchasing new armaments. Turkey has been expanding its military in recent years, often procuring important weapons systems from Europe or the US.

Sep 28 07:00

‘Defend your future’: Erdogan calls on ordinary Armenians to stand against their government as clashes with Azerbaijan continue

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Armenians to unite in opposition to their government, which he claims is the “biggest threat” to peace in the region, after military hostilities resumed with Azerbaijan.

Erdogan urged the people of Armenia to safeguard their future from their country’s leadership, which he claimed is using them like “puppets.”

In a series of tweets, on Sunday, the Turkish leader expressed hope that the “whole world” would stand with Azerbaijan in its “struggle against occupation and oppression.”

Sep 28 06:59

‘Azerbaijan is not alone’: Turkey throws weight behind Baku against historical nemesis Armenia in struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh

As hostilities erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, top-tier Turkish officials have reaffirmed Ankara’s support for Baku and blamed Yerevan for “playing with fire.”

Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin took to Twitter on the heels of fresh clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh. The senior official made clear that Ankara will side with Azerbaijan – a nation whose language and culture are close to those of Turkey – in the renewed conflict. “We strongly condemn the attack on Armenia against Azerbaijan,” Kalin wrote, adding that the neighboring post-Soviet country “is not alone” and has “Turkey’s full support.”

Sep 28 06:59

Journalists narrowly escape Armenian attack as military conflict with Azerbaijan resumes, Turkish state media claims

Journalists working for Turkish media came under fire from the Armenian military after hostilities broke out over the disputed border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Journalists from AA and TRT, Turkey’s public broadcaster, dove behind their vehicle and then made a hurried exit from the area after Armenian artillery reportedly landed in a nearby Azerbaijani settlement. According to AA, Armenian munitions fell within 100 meters (320 feet) of the reporters.

Footage of the incident shows the journalists scrambling to find cover as a large bang rings out. Wearing protective vests and helmets, the reporters then hurriedly get into their car and drive away. AA claims that two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted in the area before the Armenian artillery opened fire.

Sep 28 06:58

Armenian PM warns ‘aggressive’ Turkey to stay out of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says hostilities could spill over regional borders

Yerevan urged Turkey, on Sunday, not to meddle in ongoing hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, warning that the conflict could engulf the region. Ankara had earlier pledged “full support” to Azerbaijan.

“Turkey’s aggressive behavior is a serious cause for concern,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously said Azerbaijan, which is involved in heavy border fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, “is not alone” in the confrontation.

Such a stance “is fraught with catastrophic consequences for the South Caucasus and adjacent regions,” PM Pashinyan said. The international community should keep Turkey out of the conflict, he added, warning that the confrontation risked getting out of hand.

The situation could have irreversible consequences, (and) move beyond the borders of the region and threaten international peace and stability.

Sep 28 06:58

Azerbaijan follows bitter rival Armenia in announcing martial law after intense border clashes bring tensions to boiling point

Azerbaijan has introduced martial law and curfews, in several regions of the country, following an escalation of border hostilities with the disputed ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The order comes into force on Monday.

Baku's move mirrors Yerevan’s reaction to the crisis. The government of Armenia declared martial law and ordered the mobilization of reserve troops earlier on Sunday. Authorities in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic did the same.

Deep-seated tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia exploded this weekend after the Azeri side launched a military operation against the Nagorno-Karabakh forces. Baku said it was acting in response to artillery shelling, but Yerevan said the operation was planned in advance and launched under false pretenses, in violation of a ceasefire.

Sep 28 06:57

Armenia's Prime Minister Says Yerevan May Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh's Independence

The decades-old frozen Armenian-Azeri conflict in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh exploded into large-scale military clashes on Sunday, with each side blaming the other for the escalation.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has announced that Yerevan may grant formal diplomatic recognition to the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, the de facto independent, Armenian-controlled region of Azerbaijan better known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The question of [Artsakh's] recognition is on our agenda. We must very seriously consider whether we are taking this step or not," Pashinyan said, speaking at an emergency session of the Armenian parliament on Sunday.

Sep 28 06:56

Flashpoint Nagorno-Karabakh: How the Armenian-Azeri Conflict Started and What’s at Stake

Clashes broke out in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region early Sunday morning, with Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of sparking the hostilities. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been the main bone of contention in cool relations between Yerevan and Baku for over three decades.

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to escalate, with Armenia and authorities in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh which control the enclave declaring martial law and starting mobilizations of reserve servicemen. Baku, meanwhile, has announced martial law and declared curfews in parts of the country.

What Sparked the Fighting?

Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities have made conflicting claims about what began Sunday’s escalation.

Sep 28 06:54

Live Updates: Mobilisation and Martial Law Declared as Clashes Increase Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

Early on Sunday, an escalation unfolded along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from what then was the Soviet Azerbaijan Republic in 1991.

Azerbaijan launched what it described as a "counteroffensive," while the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh accused Azerbaijani forces of opening fire against civilians and civilian infrastructure in its capital of Stepanakert.

Multiple casualties are being continuously reported by both sides as the armed action continues.

Sep 28 06:17

Armenia Orders 'Full Troop Mobilization' Against Azerbaijan As Tanks Clash, Martial Law Declared

Sunday saw huge clashes erupt between the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan along the already militarized and disputed Nagorno-Karabakh border region. An official state of war in the region has been declared by Yerevan.

"Early in the morning, around 7 a.m. the Azerbaijani forces launched a large-scale aggression, including missile attacks..." Armenia's Defense Ministry stated Sunday. Armenia has since reportedly declared martial law and a "total military mobilization" in what looks to be the most serious escalation between the two countries in years.

Sep 28 06:16

Information war cranks up as Azerbaijan & Armenia show more footage of alleged military victories in violent border flare-up

As Azerbaijan and Armenia lock horns on the battlefield over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, their media machines are rolling out videos, each purportedly showing the losses the opposing side suffered in Sunday’s clashes.

Azerbaijan has launched a military operation against the forces of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan three decades ago. The so-called “counter offensive” was allegedly launched in response to shelling of Azeri troops by Armenian forces. However, Yerevan has denied this and said it was Azerbaijan who broke the ceasefire.

Sep 28 06:15

Call to arms: Armenia declares martial law & FULL MILITARY MOBILIZATION as clashes with Azerbaijan continue

Members of Armenia’s army reserve were ordered to report to their local conscription office, on Sunday, shortly after their country’s forces engaged in heavy fighting with troops from Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
The nationwide conscription call and the introduction of martial law were both announced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. His Facebook post urged reservists to turn up at their territorial recruitment offices “for the sake of our homeland and for the sake of victory.”

The call to arms and martial law will be put in place because Azerbaijan may decide to attack Armenia, the premier clarified in an address to the nation later in the day.

Sep 28 06:05

Armenia, Azerbaijan Near War Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared martial law and are moving dangerously toward war this weekend after heavy fighting in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. At least 16 Nagorno-Karabakh troops were killed in a morning Azeri attack.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been contested for decades. Legally it is viewed as part of Azerbaijan, while Armenia guarantees its independence. The two nations often come into conflict over the region, but haven’t fought a full-scale war for many years.

Nagorno-Karabakh reported they were hit in the morning with airstrikes and artillery attacks. Azerbaijan claimed those attacks were retaliation for Armenian shelling against their forces, which killed five civilians.

Sep 28 06:04

Turkey Vows to Back Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh

Heavy fighting Sunday in Nagorno-Karabakh is raising concern of a war which could quickly go regional. Turkey has vowed complete support for Azerbaijan in the conflict against Armenia over the long-disputed region.

Centuries of dispute have left Nagorno-Karabakha a modern faultline between regional Christians and Muslims. Turkey is backing the Muslim Azeris, while Russia is trying to calm the situation before the fighting gets too out of control for Armenia.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan criticized Turkey for its “aggressive behavior” and demanded that they stay out of the matter. Turkey and Armenia remain in a somewhat strained relationship from the Armenian genocide, which often leads to diplomatic disputes.

Sep 28 05:49

Video of Azerbaijani Military Using TOS-1 System in Nagorno-Karabakh Released by Armenia

The Nagorno-Karabakh region has been disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the late 1980s when the two nations were Soviet republics. Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994, the two sides have held peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk group.

The Armenian Defence Ministry has published a video of the Azerbaijani military using the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1.

"The enemy, frightened by significant losses in manpower and military equipment, used a 'TOS' heavy flamethrower system at 7:30 this morning in the southeastern direction. No losses from the Armenian side have been registered following the attack", Defence Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan, said.

Sep 28 05:49

Azerbaijan & Armenia carry on fighting into second day over contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, heavy weaponry deployed overnight

Intense hostilities between Armenian and Azeri forces continued on Sunday night along the border of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides claimed local victories and reported inflicting heavy casualties on one another.
Clashes involving troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia, two historically bitter rivals, entered a second day despite mounting calls from international leaders to hold fire and disengage troops.

Sep 28 05:48

Azerbaijan declares partial troop mobilization one day after adversaries Armenia & Nagorno-Karabakh called citizens to arms

With martial law already in place, Azerbaijan has announced a partial conscription call amid intense border fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Officials in both the contested region and Armenia declared a full mobilization on Sunday.

"Azerbaijani President [Ilham Aliyev] has signed a decree on the partial mobilization in Azerbaijan," his press service told Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Monday morning. The mobilization decree is in force from the date his signature was applied, the presidency clarified.

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