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Oct 10 06:24

Armenia and Russia Are Sending Each Other Strong Signals Through the CSTO

Armenia’s decision to skip next week’s CSTO drills in Belarus and the bloc’s subsequently announced postponement of planned exercises in the South Caucasus country later this month (purportedly decided weeks ago) can be interpreted as Yerevan and Moscow sending strong signals to one another over the Nagorno-Karabakh Continuation War.

Oct 10 06:12

Live Updates: Karabakh Ceasefire Takes Effect Under Armenia-Azerbaijan Deal

Large-scale hostilities in Azerbaijan’s Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on 27 September when both parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed during talks in Moscow to keep the formats of talks on Nagorno-Karabakh unchanged, a joint statement of the foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted on Saturday said.

The fighting on the line-of-contact in Karabakh began on 27 September. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, Karabakh has reported the artillery shelling of peaceful settlements of the unrecognized republic, including its capital, Stepanakert. Armenia has declared martial law and — for the first time — general mobilisation, claiming that Ankara is actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilisation was introduced in Azerbaijan.

Oct 10 06:10

Armenia & Azerbaijan complain about ‘intense’ shelling & drone strikes shortly before Nagorno-Karabakh truce enters into force

Baku and Yerevan accused each other of attacks hours before their ceasefire was set to begin at 12pm local time on Saturday. Russia brokered the truce after lengthy overnight talks in Moscow between their foreign ministers.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claimed that Armenia had launched volleys of rockets at the town of Hadrut in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh and “intensively” shelled several Azerbaijani villages on Saturday morning.

A representative from the Armenian Ministry of Defense denied that the country's forces had targeted Hadrut. Baku earlier announced that its army had seized the town during its offensive into Nagorno-Karabakh, but Yerevan kiboshed that claim, saying that Armenians were still in control.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan, meanwhile, said that Azerbaijan used combat drones on Saturday to attack two villages in the Syunik region in the southern part of the country. The claim was rejected by Baku.

Oct 09 11:54

Armenian President Says Turkey's Erdogan Creating "Another Syria In The Caucasus"

President Armen Sarkissian has charged that Turkey is creating “another Syria in the Caucasus” through its military and diplomatic support for Azerbaijan in the war for the autonomous ethnic Armenian breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“If we don’t act now internationally, stopping Turkey?.?.?.?with the perspective of making this region a new Syria?.?.?.?then everyone will be hit,” he said to the Financial Times in a new interview.

He further urged an international effort to stop the aggression which he said was fueled by Turkey, which he called “the bully of the region”.

Oct 09 11:52

Armenia Accuses Azerbaijan Of Intentionally Bombing Historic Cathedral In Karabakh

The Armenian Ministry of Defense accused the Azerbaijani army of targeting the historic Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Ghazanchetsots Cathedral) in Shushi city which lies in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh on Thursday.

According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani forces bombed the large cathedral church after launching several missiles towards the Karabakh region.

“What is the use of dialogue with those who bomb churches?” The official representative of the ministry, Artsron Hanfanisian, posted on Facebook, accompanied by pictures showing the damage caused by what appeared to be a missile falling on the dome of the cathedral.

Oct 09 06:20

US to impose new financial sanctions against Iran: Trump administration officials

"...The administration of US President Donald Trump plans to impose additional sanctions on Iran’s financial sector that would block the few remaining avenue of legal financial exchange with Tehran, according to three administration officials..."

Oct 09 05:15

Houthi court sentences Trump, King Salman and Saudi crown prince to death

A Houthi court in Yemen has sentenced 10 people to death, including US President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Arabi21 reported.

The Houthi-run Specialised Criminal Court in Saada ruled against the accused in absentia on Thursday, according to the Houthi-affiliated Saba agency.

The charges were made in the case of a 2019 airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a school bus in the town of Dhahyan which killed 51 civilians, including 40 children.

Oct 09 04:57

Egypt vexed by Israel, UAE plans for 'rival Suez Canal'

Warming economic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates have forced a wedge between Abu Dhabi and ally Cairo amid talk of plans to build a rival Suez Canal.

Around 10 percent of the global trade volume passes through Egypt's Suez Canal, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The Suez Canal has remained a vital lifeline for the Egyptian economy during the Covid-19 pandemic, with maritime traffic and revenues actually having risen in the first four months of 2020 before taking a dip in the second quarter.

A burgeoning economic partnership between Israel and the UAE could threaten Egypt's important role in global trade, however.

Oct 09 04:55

DEBUNKED: Azerbaijan Caught Using Lousy False Flags To Justify Using Cluster Munitions Against Armenian Civilians

In recent days, and in the wake of multiple resounding defeats at the hands of Artsakh defenders, Azerbaijan has resorted to firing 300mm rockets, armed with banned cluster submunitions, against residential areas of multiple Armenian cities and towns, primarily the capital of the Republic of Artsakh, Stepanakert.

In order to justify its campaign of terror, Azeri authorities conducted a series of rather amateurish false flags, with images and videos allegedly showing Armenian missiles striking civilian areas inside Azerbaijan. However, at a glance, what might look like valid footage, failed to convince anyone in any way familiar with how rockets work.

Oct 08 12:27

TURKEY GETS BOGGED DOWN IN KARABAKH WAR AS ARMENIAN FORCES RECLAIM INITIATIVE

Armenian forces have reclaimed the tactical initiative in the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh region and conducted several counter-attacks taking back positions earlier captured by Azerbaijan on the Jabrayil front on the evening of October 7. Later, on the morning of October 8, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that Azerbaijani forces had launched a military offensive in the area, which had been repelled.

“Early in the morning, at 08:30, the enemy attempted an attack in the southern direction, but after losing 3 units of military equipment and about 20 soldiers, the enemy escaped from the battlefield near Jabrayil,” the representative of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.

“Fighting continues. our troops are performing their tasks brilliantly. We have some good luck, but heavy fighting continues,” he said.

Oct 08 12:25

Turmoil in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, & Ukraine shows that, three decades on, the Soviet Union’s still collapsing

The sudden collapse of the USSR in 1991 created many weak countries without a unifying national identity and a strong central state. Yet conflicts will continue until the world is willing to recognize the realities on the ground.
War between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Violent protests in Kyrgyzstan. Mass demonstrations in Belarus. This month, the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) have once again been making headlines. When added to the low-level war in Eastern Ukraine, and the unresolved conflicts in Moldova and Georgia, this recent unrest highlights the ongoing instability of what Russia terms its ‘near abroad’.

One common explanation for this volatility is to blame it on the Russian Federation and its inability to accept its loss of empire. Russia, it is claimed, is inciting trouble in its immediate neighborhood in order to prevent the states of the FSU from transiting towards democracy and integration with Western institutions.

Oct 08 10:52

UNICEF raises eyebrows with praise for Saudi ‘humanitarian’ role in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has in a controversial move praised what it called Saudi Arabia’s “humanitarian” role in Yemen, closing its eyes to years of atrocities committed by Riyadh and its allies against the civilian population there, leaving a large number of children dead, maimed and malnourished.

Executive Director of the world body Henrietta Fore, in a letter sent to the so-called King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), lauded Saudi Arabia over what she described as the kingdom's “generous support” for the projects of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.

Fore went on to say that UNICEF will use the financial support to help Yemeni children and their families in different fields, including health, nutrition, water, sanitation and education.

Oct 08 07:57

France Confirms Turkish 'Military Involvement' In Karabakh After NATO Appeal Mocked

Just yesterday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey to use its "considerable influence to calm tensions" between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fierce fighting continues in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region.

The appeal was widely mocked by commentators in the West as well as in Armenian media, given it's been well documented since the start of the conflict that Turkey has been a party to the conflict in backing its declared "brother country" Azerbaijan. And of course there's the historic Armenian Genocide which caused many to laugh at the strange NATO appeal, as if Turkey is somehow 'neutral'.

France has joined in the controversy over alleged Turkish intervention, as according to the AFP French government sources are now formally charging there's evidence of Turkish 'military involvement' in Karabakh.

Oct 08 07:25

Live Updates: Yerevan Says Stepanakert Hit by Azerbaijani Rockets Overnight

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have entered their eleventh day, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called for a return to negotiations. Turkey, meanwhile, has stated it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has been the target of artillery fire several times, with numerous bombs and rockets hitting the city during the day and overnight. According to Yerevan, Azerbaijani troops have launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region proclaimed its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start negotiations.

Oct 08 07:24

Azerbaijan Shares Footage of Alleged Artillery Strikes Against Armenian Armed Forces During Night

Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority breakaway region in Azerbaijan, erupted on 27 September when both sides accused each other of violating the existing ceasefire.

The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has shared footage of alleged night combat, without specifying the actual location of the hostilities.

The video shows "artillery strikes carried out during night battles on the headquarters, infrastructure, weapons and ammunition depots of a military unit of the Armenian Armed Forces", a message on the official website of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said.

Oct 08 06:44

Half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Population Displaced by Fighting

Half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has been displaced due to the recent fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, officials from the ethnic Armenian enclave said on Wednesday. The population of Nagorno-Karabakh is about 150,000.

“According to our preliminary estimates, some 50 percent of Karabakh’s population and 90 percent of women and children — some 70,000 to 75,000 people — have been displaced,” Nagorno-Karabakh’s rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP.

Oct 08 06:42

As Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Expands, Israel-Azerbaijan Arms Trade Thrives

Ben­­-Gurion Airport is quiet with civilian flights almost at a standstill. However, cargo flights on the Azerbaijan route have been very busy over the last two weeks. The high number of flights is a direct result of the renewal of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. No fewer than four Ilyushin­­-76 planes, operated by the Azeri cargo airline Silk Way, which serves the Azeri defense ministry, have touched down and taken off from the Uvda air base in southern Israel – two, before the outbreak of fighting, and two, afterwards. According to flight regulations, that is the only airport from which planes loaded with explosive material are allowed to take off.

Oct 08 06:41

How the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict could spiral into a proxy war

The "frozen conflict" between Armenia and Azerbaijan has re-erupted and attracted international concern, with the UN calling for emergency talks this week amid fears of a full-blown war.

Clashes started in late September over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory, which Armenia captured in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Violence has continued despite ceasefire calls.

Turkey has backed Azerbaijan against what it calls Armenian 'aggression', demanding that Armenia ends its 'occupation', while adding that its solidarity with Baku would "increasingly continue".

Oct 08 06:40

How rivals Turkey, Israel and Pakistan ended up siding with Azerbaijan

Having clashed once again over decades-old claims in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of war.

The South Caucasus region had previously experienced flare-ups of violence in 2014 and 2016, with the last having been in July this year.

Various countries are embroiled in the latest escalation, with Russia, Iran and India more inclined towards Armenia, while Turkey, Israel and Pakistan are siding with Azerbaijan.

Announcing support for Baku as soon as hostilities broke out, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the struggle until the end of the Karabakh occupation, declaring that "Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart."

Oct 08 06:17

Armenians Fight Back Against Azerbaijani Advance, Strike Key Oil Pipeline

Armenian forces launched a missile attack on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, according to Azerbaijan. The country’s prosecutors said that Armenian forces had carried out the attack, which was prevented by the Azerbaijani military, on the pipeline in Yevlah at around 9 p.m. local time on October 6. The incident was described as a “terrorist act”.

Oct 08 05:56

How the Gas-Rich & Geostrategically Important Eastern Mediterranean Has Turned Into a 'Powder Keg'

Tensions remain high in the Eastern Mediterranean as two NATO allies, Turkey and Greece, are seeking a way out of the standoff triggered by Ankara's seismic vessel Oruç Reis engaging in gas exploration in the disputed waters. Egyptian researcher Mohammad Fawzi has shed light on the brewing conflict and the balance of power in the region.

Oruç Reis's dispatch to waters claimed by Athens, Ankara and Nicosia last month came in response to the 6 August Greek-Egyptian agreement demarcating exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two powers. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the accords, adding that they had brought to naught the November 2019 memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Tripoli which delineated the sea in the interests of Ankara and the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Oct 08 05:49

Live Updates: Yerevan Says Stepanakert Hit by Azerbaijani Rockets Overnight

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have entered their eleventh day, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called for a return to negotiations. Turkey, meanwhile, has stated it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has been the target of artillery fire several times, with numerous bombs and rockets hitting the city during the day and overnight. According to Yerevan, Azerbaijani troops have launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region proclaimed its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start negotiations.

Oct 07 12:15

ARMENIANS FIGHT BACK AGAINST AZERBAIJANI ADVANCE, STRIKE KEY OIL PIPELINE

Armenian forces launched a missile attack on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, according to Azerbaijan. The country’s prosecutors said that Armenian forces had carried out the attack, which was prevented by the Azerbaijani military, on the pipeline in Yevlah at around 9 p.m. local time on October 6. The incident was described as a “terrorist act”.

Oct 07 07:59

Video: Azerbaijan-Turkey Alliance Is Taking “Upper Hand” in War with Armenia

Azerbaijan is slowly but steadily gaining an upper hand in the war with Armenia for the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

As of October 5, the Azerbaijani military, supported by Turkish military advisers, specialists and intelligence, captured the towns of Jabrayil, Mataghis and Talysh after heavy clashes with Armenian forces. Azerbaijani sources also report the control over multiple villages including Ashagi Abdulrahmanli, Mehdili, Chakhirli, Ashagi Maralyan, Sheybey and Kuyjagh. On the other hand, the Armenian side confirmed that it lost ‘some positions’ but did not provide details claiming that the situation on the frontline has been rapidly changing.

Oct 07 07:38

Live Updates: Armenia May Recognise Karabakh If It Helps End Conflict, PM Pashinyan Says

Numerous rockets and cluster bombs hit Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Tuesday, with Yerevan stating that Azerbaijani forces had launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have been going on for a little more than a week, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire, shelling cities, and military infrastructure. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have urged Yerevan and Baku to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table. Ankara, meanwhile has declared it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Oct 07 07:32

Armenia Shares Video of 'Azerbaijani Tank' Being Destroyed in Karabakh

Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have been going on for over a week, with the two sides accusing each other of aggression. Both Baku and Yerevan announced mobilisations and have published numerous videos of military vehicles destroyed in the area.

Armenia's Defence Ministry has published a video allegedly depicting the destruction of an Azerbaijani tank during recent clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the footage, shared by MoD Press Secretary Shushan Stepanyan, the military vehicle explodes after receiving a direct hit, after which a cloud of smoke appears.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as Artsakh, declared independence from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, resulting in a conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in 1992-1994. The war claimed thousands of lives, also forcing over a million people to flee the area before Moscow managed to mediate a ceasefire deal between Baku and Yerevan.

Oct 07 07:30

Iran’s President decries sending of Syrian ‘terrorists’ to Nagorno-Karabakh, warns fighting could spark REGIONAL WAR

Tehran can’t tolerate deploying militants from Syria to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia affects Iran’s borders and may evolve into a regional conflict, President Rouhani warned.

The Islamic Republic will focus on ensuring “the security of our cities and villages” that appear to be lying within reach of stray shells or rockets coming from inside the conflict zone, the Iranian president warned, during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Oct 07 07:09

Civilians caught in deadly Armenian-Azeri crossfire

A man stands next to a building damaged by recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan, October 6.

Oct 07 07:06

Donors slash funding to Yemen by half to 25 US cents a day per person

The international community has donated an average of 25 US cents per day for each of the 24.3 million Yemenis in need of assistance this year, less than half the amount given in 2019, Oxfam said on Tuesday.

The Nairobi-based charity said in a statement that as 2020 edges closer to an end, the international community had donated only $1.6bn compared to last year's total of $4.06bn and $5.17bn in 2018.

The "dramatic" drop in funding resulted in more than a third of the UN's humanitarian programmes being cut back, with some completely shut down between April and August.

Oct 07 07:06

Residents flee Azerbaijani town of Tartar as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalates

Residents in the Azerbaijani town of Tartar have been forced to flee their homes as fighting in the neighbouring region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian separatist enclave, has escalated in recent weeks. FRANCE 24 reports.

The streets of Tartar have been deserted ever since Azerbaijan’s army staked out a position in the town, making it a major target in the conflict.

“[The Armenians are] bombing the town, you can see it for yourself. The residents have all had to flee. They have destroyed this town,” Mehman Nasivov, the deputy mayor of Tartar, told FRANCE 24 as an explosion resounded nearby.

Azerbaijani authorities have said that Tartar, which has a population of 70,000, has emptied in recent days as residents seek shelter from the relentless exchange of artillery fire.

Oct 07 06:54

Driven By Delusions: The West’s Nagorno-Karabakh Hypocrisy

Something stands out in recent U.S. and most Western reporting on the ongoing bloodletting in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). Well, two things actually: ignorance and hypocrisy. Having shuttered most of their foreign bureaus long ago, there’s a distinct lack of expertise in the mainstream press on this – and many other – regional hot spots. That’s translated to a series of Nagorno-Karabakh "explainers” that read like Wikipedia-ripoffs hastily filtered through Washington’s built-in "blame Russia” conflict-colander.

Oct 07 06:53

Azerbaijan Is Using Israeli-Made Cluster Bombs in Nagorno-Karabakh

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that Israeli-made cluster bombs are being used against civilians by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri and Armenian forces have been locked in deadly clashes in the disputed region since fighting erupted on September 27th.

Amnesty International analyzed footage from Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert, a city Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling on Monday. The rights group identified Israeli-made M095 DPICM cluster munitions and said Azeri forces “appear” to have fired the bombs towards residential areas in the city.

Cluster bombs are a form of explosive that release and scatter smaller submunitions. The weapon’s indiscriminate nature makes it extra deadly if dropped in residential areas. Some smaller munitions can be left unexploded, making them a hazard for civilians who come across them.

Oct 06 14:20

Live Updates: Armenia Says Azerbaijan Started Large-Scale Offensive in Southern Part of Contact Line

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1990s, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku, that lasted until 1994. A new round of clashes broke out slightly over a week ago when the sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire along the line of contact.

The clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh continue for a ninth consecutive day, with both sides claiming they've inflicted harsh damage on the adversary and publishing numerous videos of destroyed enemy military vehicles and drones.

Oct 06 12:38

THERE IS CONSPIRACY AGAINST ARMENIA AND PASHINYAN GOVERNMENT IS IN CENTER OF IT

The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan supported by Turkey continue their large-scale offensive to capture the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region from Armenian forces. Following the gains of the previous days, when Azerbaijani forces captured the towns of Talish, Jabrayil and Mataghis, they developed momentum in the Jabrayil district capturing the villages of Shikhali Agali, Sari jali, and Mezre, and several other hill tops, according to the country’s president Ilham Aliyev.

Currently, Azerbaijani forces are working to consolidate their gains and conduct artillery and air strikes on positions of the Armenians preparing for a further offensive. So, the Azerbaijani advance slowed down due to weather conditions. The bad weather in the area complicates the usage of combat drones and aviation.

Oct 06 10:30

Facing down Israel's stooges at the heart of UK Parliament

Stuart Littlewood highlights the deep flaws and astounding hypocrisy of Israel’s stooges in the British Parliament, and of the spineless, time-serving church leaders, who are blind – or have blinded themselves – to Israel’s criminal oppression and persecution of the Palestinians – Christians and Muslims.>>

Oct 06 08:14

Israel constantly meddled in Yemen’s internal affairs under slain dictator: Army spokesman

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, says Israel constantly intervened in the internal affairs of the Arab country during the reign of slain dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Speaking at a press conference broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Saree highlighted that the Yemeni nation is confronting a Saudi-led military aggression, which seeks to accomplish the desired objectives of the Tel Aviv regime.

“Yemen has long been at the main target of US-Israeli plots and the ongoing onslaught clearly proves this. The Armed Forces call upon Yemenis from all walks of life to raise their awareness about the real intentions of foreigners. Our struggle is nothing but a fateful battle for liberation and independence,” he said.

Oct 06 08:14

'A fight of of life and death': Armenian PM urges army veterans to re-enlist & battle Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The Armenian prime minister, on Monday, asked ex-soldiers discharged during the last twelve months to take up arms again. Nikol Pashinyan says the fight against bitter rival, and neighbor, Azerbaijan is one “of life and death."
“I want to appeal to our guys discharged [from the Armenian military] over the past year – come to the central military recruitment office and enroll in the army,” Pashinyan said in a video message posted on his Facebook page and quoted by the media.

He explained that Armenian law doesn't allow for this category of former soldiers to be mobilized, and asked them to come instead as volunteers. Pashinyan added that he is calling veterans to a “battle of life and death” and the “genocide of Armenians” needs to be avoided.

Oct 06 08:13

As Nagorno-Karabakh battle goes on, Armenia wants Washington to explain if it supplied Turkey with F-16s to aid Azerbaijan

Armenia’s prime minister wants clarification from the US about the sale of F-16s to Turkey, claiming the advanced jets are bombing civilians amid the 'existential' battle with Azerbaijan over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey and Azerbaijan strongly denied the claims, but the rebuttals have not prevented Armenia from raising the issue of Ankara's perceived involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting with its major NATO ally, the United States.

Last Thursday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, the New York Times reported on Monday. Washington “needs to explain whether it gave those F-16s [to Turkey] to bomb peaceful villages and peaceful populations,” Pashinyan told the Times.

Oct 06 08:12

Pure Friendship or Vested Interest? Israel-Azerbaijan Relations Explained

Armenia decided to recall its ambassador to Israel following allegations that the Jewish state has supplied Azerbaijan with advanced weapons and provided military support to Baku as escalations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted again.

Israel officially maintains neutrality over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority region that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has enjoyed de facto independence from Baku for decades.

The region remains at the heart of a raging conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, who have been engaged in a fresh round of hostilities since last Sunday, accusing each other of carrying out provocations along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Oct 06 07:52

Biden to end US support for Yemen war

Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has pledged to end his country’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen if he becomes president.

“Under Biden-Harris Administration, we will reassess our relationship with the [Saudi Arabia] Kingdom, end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil,” Biden said in a statement on his campaign website.

The war in Yemen has been one of the main topics of debate between Biden and his rival, Republican candidate and current President, Donald Trump.

Trump has been supporting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war in Yemen in return for large arms deals.

Oct 06 06:28

Death Toll Rises in Nagorno-Karabakh

Heavy fighting continues in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian forces and Azerbaijan as both sides accuse one another of attacking civilian areas.

On Monday, Armenian military officials accused Azerbaijan of shelling Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri officials accused Armenia of attacking several towns on Monday, including two major cities, Ganja and Mingachevir, which were first hit on Sunday.

Around 250 people have been reported killed in the fighting, but the real number is expected to be much higher since Azerbaijan has not disclosed its military casualties.

Oct 06 06:28

Turkish armed drones used against Armenia, Azerbaijan confirms

Azerbaijan has acknowledged for the first time that it had been using Turkish-produced armed drones against Armenian targets in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Thanks to advanced Turkish drones owned by the Azerbaijan military, our casualties on the front shrunk,” said Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in a televised interview on Monday with the Turkish news channel TRT Haber. "These drones show Turkey’s strength. It also empowers us.”

Heavy fighting broke out last week between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed mountainous area, and clashes are ongoing. Scores have been killed on both sides.

Oct 06 06:27

Thousands Displaced as Yemen’s Fighting Centers on Maarib Province

A lot of the ongoing Yemen War hasn’t seen much displacement in recent years. The same towns tend to be constantly contested, and the people there fled long ago to safer areas, to the extent anywhere in Yemen is truly safe.

Recent pushes into Maarib Province by the Houthis have caused a lot of diplaced, with a refugee camp of about 1,500 families forming overnight. That camp has had to move three times in just the past couple of weeks, as they’ve fled the same way the fighting is going.

The Houthis have designs on the oil-producing parts of Maarib, which are valuable to the extent anything in Yemen is, though their production is still fairly minor in the grand scheme of things. The refugees are just from towns along the way.

Oct 06 06:25

Serbia is Playing With Fire, Delivering Arms to Armenia

This July, the “frozen” conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia started to thaw as fighting broke out between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces, claiming 16 lives.

Azerbaijani troops found ammunition and shells produced in Serbia among their Armenian adversaries. The discovery not only shook the strategic partnership between Serbia and Azerbaijan; the biggest danger for Serbia was it also risked upsetting both great and regional powers with interests in the Caucasus conflict.

Oct 06 06:24

Influx of Foreign Fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh Could Lead to Region-wide Conflict

The war in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, is becoming increasingly internationalized as foreigners are arriving to fight on both sides of the conflict. Artsakh, despite being internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan, has had a de facto independence since 1994 when Armenian forces won a decisive victory. On September 25, it was first revealed that Syrian militants were being transferred to Azerbaijan via Turkey. This was denied by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on the same day. It must be noted that the war in Artsakh began only two days after it was exposed Syrians were being transferred. Yet, despite photographs, videos, documents and testimonies made by Syrian militants themselves, the Azerbaijani government maintains the position that there are no foreign mercenaries fighting alongside the Azerbaijani army and that it is Armenian propaganda.

Oct 06 06:16

Armenia’s Going for Broke by Attacking Azerbaijan’s Ganja

The Armenian missile strike on Azerbaijan’s second largest city of Ganja outside the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone shows that the landlocked state is going for broke out of desperation to internationalize the war as soon as possible since it knows how much it stands to lose if it can’t successfully generate more support.

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Going For Broke In Ganja

Oct 06 06:12

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Epitome of Erdogan’s Neo-Ottomanism

On Thursday, October 1, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of sending “Syrian jihadists” to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. One would least expect from a French president to candidly confess the heavily armed militants that had been touted as “moderate rebels” during nine years of Syria’s proxy war were actually “terrorists.”

Nevertheless, Armenia’s ambassador to Moscow also corroborated that Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to Azerbaijan. Armenia also alleged Turkish military experts were fighting alongside Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous breakaway region of Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians, and that Turkey had provided drones and warplanes.

Oct 06 06:11

Live Updates: If Armenia Uses Iskander Missile System, Azerbaijan Will Retaliate in Kind, MoD Says

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1990s, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku, that lasted until 1994. A new round of clashes broke out slightly over a week ago when the sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire along the line of contact.

The clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh continue for a ninth consecutive day, with both sides claiming they've inflicted harsh damage on the adversary and publishing numerous videos of destroyed enemy military vehicles and drones.

Oct 06 06:09

Canada halts sale of drone gear to Turkey over alleged use in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ankara dubs it 'double standards'

Canada has halted sales of drone sensors to Turkey over fears they could be used to help Baku fight Armenians in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. Ankara responded by recalling Ottawa's arms exports to states involved in the Yemeni war.

The surprise decision by the Canadian government – announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Monday – "is an indication of the double-standard approach of this country," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Turkish diplomats also recalled that Ottawa has been less principled when it comes to exporting arms to other warring parties around the world. Canada "did not see any problem in exporting weapons to countries that were militarily involved in the crisis in Yemen, which was one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies of this century," Ankara noted.

Oct 05 07:16

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Oct 05 06:37

Azerbaijan Says Armenia Targets Cities Outside Conflict Zone

As fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues, the conflict appears to be centered on Nagorno-Karabakh, but the strikes involved are increasingly beyond that region, with Azerbaijan claiming sevearal of their own cities have been attacked by Armenia.

Artillery reportedly hit the major cities of Ganja and Mingachevir, each some 100 km away from the enclave the two sides are supposed to be fighting over. Armenia specifically denied the Minhachevir attacks, which happened late night Sunday.

Adding to the risk of Turkey getting involved, officials issued a statement condemning the attack on Ganja and reiterating that it backs the UN borders, in which Nagorno-Karabakh is under Azeri control.

Oct 05 06:37

Fighting Escalates as Nagorno-Karabakh Envoy Declares ‘Existential Fight’

Nagorno-Karabakh envoy Robert Avetisyan warned over the weekend that his self-declared country is facing “an existential fight” as a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan picks up, with the goal of deciding the future of the region.

Fighting that began a little over a week ago is now a serious conflict, with multiple cities coming under rocket and artillery fire, and both sides accusing the other of targeting civilians, while predicting an ultimate victory for their side.

The Karabakh DM has also claimed success in fighting, saying they’d repelled an Azeri offensive. Between conflicting reports, over 240 fighters are believed to have been killed overall, and Azerbaijan claims to have seized a number of villages.

Oct 05 06:36

Azerbaijan Says Fighting Won’t End Until Armenia Agrees to Withdraw

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev set his conditions for ending the war over Nagorno-Karabakh, demanding Armenia set a timetable for fully withdrawing from the enclave, which international law views as part of Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan has one condition, and that is the liberation of its territories,” Aliyev added. Azerbaijan officials have claimed some major gains in the fighting, but then, Armenia is also claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties in the past few days.

Those claims are likely exaggerated, as Nagorno-Karabakh claimed intelligence that 3,000 Azerbaijanis had died, and Armenia claimed 2,300 Azeri troops were slain. These are impossible to confirm, but that would be an enormous number.

Oct 05 06:36

At least 64 Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters dead in Karabakh clashes, says UK war monitor

At least 64 pro-Turkey Syrian rebel fighters have been killed in clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, a Britain-based war monitor said in a new toll on October 3.

They were among the 1,200 combatants from pro-Ankara Syrian factions that Turkey has sent to fight for the Azeris since last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating its earlier figure of 850.
At least 36 of them have been killed in clashes in the past 48 hours alone, the Observatory added, increasing a previous toll of 28 to 64.

Oct 05 06:35

Dozens Killed in Weekend Fighting in Central Yemen

Dozens were reported killed over the past three days in central Yemen, according to various reports. The main fighting was in Maarib Province, where the Houthis are contesting the oil-producing areas, and Saudi-backed forces tried to push into the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Government officials said at least 30 Houthis were killed in Maarib, and did not provide figures on Hodeidah, beyond one civilian being killed in the crossfire. Hodeidah is meant to be in a state of ceasefire, but government forces appear keen to contest that again.

Neither of these battles is likely to be hugely impactful on the Yemen War. Maarib is the most oil-rich part of Yemen, but that’s not saying much for one of the region’s poorest nations. Hodeidah has been a target several times but it would take a lot more fighting than is ongoing to contest control over it.

Oct 05 06:34

While Turkey encourages Karabakh violence, Iran fears domestic strife

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is energizing nationalist and ethnic tensions in neighboring Turkey and Iran. While Ankara encourages the violence, Tehran fears rising ethnic tensions among its own Armenian and Azerbaijani minorities.

Start with Turkey, the larger economic force in the Caucasus. For months Ankara’s full-throttled support for Azerbaijan, its bellicose rhetoric and their joint military drills, have looked like preparations for war. President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is using the conflict to boost his credentials with nationalists and distract from perpetual economic crisis at home, much as he has done around the Mediterranean in recent years.

Oct 05 06:17

Fighting Goes on as Azerbaijan, Armenia Reject Cease-Fire

Fighting continued in and around the contested Nagorno-Karabakh enclave Saturday as the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia set seemingly impossible terms for agreeing to calls from the leaders of the U.S., France and Russia for a truce.

“Cease-fire ok, but on what conditions? Conditions must be that they withdraw from the territories,” Aliyev said in a website statement, referring to Armenian forces. “We heard it many times, we don’t have time to wait another 30 years. The conflict must be resolved now.”

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a national address, “Victory and only victory is the way we see to end this war.” Earlier in the day, he said Armenia is ready to accept a truce but only if Turkish forces leave the area, AFP reported. Ankara backs Azerbaijan but denies it has any military presence there.

Oct 05 06:17

Nagorno-Karabakh says 18 of its civilians killed in week of fighting

Eighteen Nagorno-Karabakh civilians were killed by fire from Azeri forces and more than 90 were wounded in the past week, RIA Novosti news agency cited an official in the breakaway region as saying on Sunday.

The fighting began last Sunday and has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when some 30,000 people were killed.

Oct 05 06:16

Nagorno-Karabakh says 51 more servicemen killed in fighting with Azerbaijan

Nagorno-Karabakh said on Saturday that 51 more servicemen had been killed in the war with Azerbaijan, a sharp rise in the death toll from a week of fierce fighting.

Arayik Harutyunyan, president of the ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, said earlier he had travelled to join his forces on the front line.

Oct 05 06:16

In Nagorno-Karabakh, new risks in an old ethnic conflict

Fighting broke out a week ago in Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region in Azerbaijan with an Armenian majority, setting off alarms about the risks of a wider war that might draw in Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Oct 05 06:15

Armenia’s Leader Makes Plea to U.S. as Conflict Rages With Azerbaijan

When Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia’s prime minister, spoke by telephone on Thursday with President Trump’s national security adviser, he raised a delicate issue: Why is nothing being done to stop a longtime United States ally, Turkey, from using American-made F-16 jets against ethnic Armenians in a disputed mountain region?

Mr. Pashinyan’s call to the national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, followed an eruption of heavy fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a remote territory at the center of the most enduring and venomous of the “frozen conflicts” left by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Oct 05 06:14

Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families

Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria's war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan, hoping to earn almost 80 times his current salary.

"I signed up to fight more than a week ago to go to Azerbaijan… in exchange for $2,000 a month," the 26-year-old told AFP via phone, using a pseudonym for his safety.

Clashes have raged between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces since Sunday over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian province that broke away from Azerbaijan in a bitterly fought war in the 1990s.

Oct 05 06:09

Turkey Ramps Up Its Involvement in Armenian-Azerbaijani War

Azerbaijan has given Turkey control over the air segment of its military campaign to capture the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported on September 30. According to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, Turkish and Azerbaijani aviation is being coordinated by the E7-T aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, which is an air command post. The military plane was spotted near the Turkish cities of Erzurum and Kars.

“It is possible that the leadership of the Turkish Air Force is on board this plane,” Hovhannisyan added.

As an example of such actions, the Armenian side claimed that two Turkish F-16 fighters, an Azerbaijani Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as a Turkish combat drone “Bayraktar”, which took off from the city of Kurdamir, had inflicted a missile and bomb attack on the Karabakh towns of Hadrut and Martakert.

Oct 05 06:01

Who Stands Behind New Wave of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict?

The Azerbaijani and Turkish mass media and social networks persistently report about succesful actions of the Azerbaijani army and enormous losses among Armenian forces. However in fact the situation is different – the army of Azerbaijan has lost about 200 people since the start of operation, more than 350 were wounded, over 70 vehicles were destroyed, including tanks, MLRS, helicopters and UAVs.

Oct 05 06:00

Live Updates: NATO Secretary-General Says There's No Military Solution to Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

A fresh round of hostilities in the Armenian-dominated Nagorno-Karabakh region, a self-proclaimed republic that declared independence from then Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1990s, broke out slightly over a week ago when Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating the ceasefire and carrying out provocations along the line of contact.

The fresh tensions between Armenia, the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh), and Azerbaijan have shown no signs of abating as it's been eight days since new clashes erupted in the region.

The international community, including the co-chairs of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the United States – have called on all parties in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire and begin peace talks, so far to no avail. Both sides have reported multiple casualties, including among civilians.

Oct 05 05:59

Smoke & Destruction: Video of 'Azerbaijani Strikes' on Nagorno-Karabakh Capital Shared by Armenia

On Sunday, four civilians were killed and 10 were wounded after Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognised Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) and the settlement of Shusha were shelled.

The press secretary of the Armenian Defence Ministry Shushan Stepanyan has posted a video on Facebook depicting alleged Azerbaijani strikes on the capital of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Stepanakert.

The video shows the shelling of the city on 4 October, while an air raid siren can be heard in the background. The second part of the video shows the consequences of the attack: wrecked civilian vehicles, destroyed houses, and craters from exploded shells.

Oct 05 05:58

War enters second week: Armenia & Azerbaijan accuse each other of shelling cities & targeting civilians

Heavy fighting continued on Sunday, as the conflict over the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh entered its second week with both Armenia and Azerbaijan making opposing claims of escalations by the other side.

Baku reported that Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Ganja, was hit by Armenian missile strikes, while Yerevan insisted that Azeri forces shelled, Stepanakert, the major population centre in the mainly ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh.

The two rivals carried out artillery and missile strikes throughout the day, with the intensity of the conflict showing no signs of winding down. Civilian areas were damaged as a result, both sides alleged.

Oct 05 05:57

Armenia asks European Court of Human Rights to step in & take action over Turkish role in Azerbaijan’s 'attacks on civilians'

Armenia submitted a formal request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), on Sunday, complaining about Turkey’s open support for Azerbaijan in the two countries' ongoing dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

After violence claimed civilian lives on both sides over the weekend, Yerevan says it wants the ECHR to apply so-called “interim measures” against Ankara over its “assistance” to alleged Azerbaijani attacks against the civilian population in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. That's according to the office of Armenia's representative to the ECHR.

The interim measures can be applied by the court when there are fears that human lives are being threatened, or any kind of ill-treatment, such as torture, for example, is being used.

Oct 05 05:51

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict enters week 2: Armenia, Azerbaijan still trading fire

A military confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia that erupted over the South Caucasus region of Karabakh more than a week ago, has now expanded to cities outside the conflict zone with no signs of abating, despite international calls for immediate ceasefire.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but it has been under Armenia’s control since the early 1990s. The territory declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991.

The recent clashes — the worst in decades — erupted on September 27, with both Yerevan and Baku accusing each other of provocation.

Oct 05 05:48

Los Angeles Mayor Calls on Turkey to Disengage From Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the early hours of Monday expressed solidarity with the Armenian people in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and called on Turkey that support Azerbaijan to disengage.

"L.A. is proud to be home to the largest Armenian diaspora. We stand with the people of Armenia. I urge our leaders in Washington to conduct the sustained and rigorous diplomacy necessary to bring peace to the Artsakh region. Turkey must disengage," Garcetti said on Twitter.

Oct 05 05:35

Nagorno-Karabakh Live Updates: Yerevan Denies Baku's Claims of Strikes on Ganja From Armenian Soil

A fresh round of hostilities in the Armenian-dominated Nagorno-Karabakh region, a self-proclaimed republic that declared independence from then Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1990s, broke out slightly over a week ago when Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating the ceasefire and carrying out provocations along the line of contact.

The fresh tensions between Armenia, the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh), and Azerbaijan have shown no signs of abating as it's been eight days since new clashes erupted in the region.

The international community, including the co-chairs of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the United States – have called on all parties in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire and begin peace talks, so far to no avail. Both sides have reported multiple casualties, including among civilians.

Oct 05 05:34

How much damage can Arab states do to Turkish economy?

Turkey’s ailing economy, hit by the COVID-19 pandemic atop severe currency woes since 2018, is now facing economic reprisals by Arab countries incensed with Ankara’s policies in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has already started an undeclared boycott of Turkish goods, according to Turkish exporters, amid rising Arab calls for economic retaliation against Turkey.

Egypt has been at the forefront of efforts to create a united Arab stance against Turkey, most recently at the Sept. 9 meeting of the Arab League. Whether Arab nations can mount an efficient joint action against Turkey is a question on its own, but the Turkish economy today is too vulnerable to dismiss or absorb large-scale reprisals.

Oct 04 11:06

War goes on: Armenia & Azerbaijan report fresh enemy shelling of cities, civilians under fire (VIDEOS)

Heavy fighting continued on Sunday, with Yerevan saying Azerbaijani forces are shelling a major city in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku reported Azerbaijan’s second-largest city suffered Armenian missile strikes.

Forces of the two rivals carried out artillery and missile strikes throughout Sunday, with the intensity of the conflict showing no signs of winding down. Civilian-populated areas were hit and damaged as a result, both sides reported.

In Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh’s main city of roughly 55,000 people, sirens were heard earlier in the day, followed by several explosions in the area. Power went off and residents rushed to nearby shelters.

Oct 04 08:13

Azerbaijani Forces Push To Seize Largest Karabakh City As 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 04 07:55

Azerbaijan uses Israeli LORA missile in conflict with Armenia - WATCH

A video shared from the clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region show Azerbaijani forces using an Israeli "LORA" missile to shell a bridge in Armenia, according to Channel 12 News.

Azerbaijan is currently fighting ethnic Armenian forces in the mountainous enclave after fighting broke out on Sunday between the two sides. The area is not recognized internationally as independent, and has been the subject of conflict since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Oct 04 07:23

Azerbaijan and Armenia unlikely to begin talks right now - experts

According to director of the Valdai international discussion club Fyodor Lukyanov, "the Azerbaijani side seems to believe that it can attain its goals by military means"

Oct 04 07:10

Escobar Warns Of 'Explosive Stakes' On Armenia-Azerbaijan Chessboard

Pulling Russia back into the Nagorno-Karabakh morass means more Turkish freedom of action in other war theaters...

Few geopolitical hot spots across the planet may rival the Caucasus: that intractable, tribal Tower of Babel, throughout History a contentious crossroads of empires from the Levant and nomads from the Eurasian steppes. And it gets even messier when one adds the fog of war.

To try to shed some light into the current Armenia-Azerbaijan face off, let’s crisscross the basic facts with some essential deep background.

Oct 04 07:00

Live Updates: Series of Explosions Reportedly Heard in Nagorno-Karabakh Capital of Stepanakert

The decades old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region sparked into life again at the end of last month.

The President of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh) Arayik Harutyunyan says that his troops have improved their positions after heavy fighting on Saturday.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh have all reported dozens of casualties since the flare-up of hostilities.

Oct 04 06:58

Watch ROCKET ATTACK sirens interrupt RT’s report from shelled Nagorno-Karabakh capital

Intensive shelling from Azeri forces, of a kind not seen in three decades, has forced residents of Stepanakert, capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, to hide in bomb shelters. An RT crew witnessed the fear gripping the city.

Nagorno-Karabakh – a predominantly ethnic Armenian mountainous region – split from Azerbaijan and, with Armenia’s help, fought a bloody war in the 1990s. Amid the ongoing escalation of hostilities, the city now finds itself affected directly by the fighting, which has not happened in three decades.

RT’s Igor Zhdanov arrived at a location in Stepanakert which was hit by fire that apparently came from the Azeri side on Friday evening. He and his crew had to take cover in a bomb shelter after sirens warning of possible shelling were sounded.

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 07:47

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 07:39

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 07:37

Putin, Armenian PM discuss Nagorno-Karabakh in third phone call in six days: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a third phone call in six days since fighting broke out between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Putin and Pashinyan expressed serious concern about the involvement of what the Kremlin termed illegal armed groups from the Middle East in the fighting.

Putin reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire, the Kremlin added.

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 07:00

Hundreds of Sudanese troops enter Saudi Arabia en route to Yemen: Report

Hundreds of Sudanese forces have reportedly entered Saudi Arabia en route to Yemen contrary to an earlier announcement by the North African country about a drawdown of its personnel in the bloody Saudi war on the poorest Arabian Peninsula nation.

Citing private Saudi sources, the Middle East Eye news portal (MEE) reported on Friday that 1,018 Sudanese army officers and soldiers arrived in Saudi Arabia by boat on September 22 after passing through passport control in the southwestern city of Jizan.

Two Sudanese planes also carried Sudanese military personnel from Khartoum to Saudi Arabia's Najran airport the day before, according to one of the sources, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

The first plane held 123 passengers and the second 128, the source said, adding that both planes later departed for Khartoum.

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.

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