At least 119 Syrian militants have been killed while fighting as mercenaries for Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 14.
The militants were deployed on Nagorno-Karabakh’s frontlines by Turkey in order to support the Azerbaijani attack on the region, which started on September 27.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, the bodies of 78 militants, who were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh battle, were sent back to Syria.
The number of Turkish-backed Syrian militants currently fighting Armenian forces on Nagorno-Karabakh’s frontlines is reportedly over 1,450. More are allegedly being recruited by Turkey. The militants are being offered a monthly salary of $1,500 to 2,000.
“Young Syrians are being recruited by recruitment offices supported by the Turkish intelligence or the leaders of Turkish factions in Turkish influence areas, in north and northwestern Syria,” the SOHR said.
Syrian militants heading to Azerbaijan were told that they will “guard” oil facilities. Nevertheless, most of them ended up getting deployed on Nagorno-Karabakh’s hottest fronts, where they are being used as cannon fodder.
Despite the presence of overwhelming evidence confirming the deployment of Syrian militants in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey and Azerbaijan continue to deny this.
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