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Armenia Released Video Showing First Syrian Mercenary Captured In Nagorno-Karabakh

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Armenian forces has captured a Syrian mercenary who was participating in the ongoing Azerbaijani attack on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

On October 30, the Armenian Unified Infocenter released a short interview with the captured mercenary, who revealed new information about the activities of his comrades in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The mercenary, who identified himself as Mehred Muhammad Alshkher from Syria’s Hama, said he was a member of a 200-men strong unit. According to him, two other units of Syrian mercenaries were supporting Azerbaijani forces on the same front where he was captured.

“They deceived us in order to implicate us, the leaders, they brought us, told us this is the village [that you should capture] and left,” Alshaker said, “There are men [mercenaries] who never held a rifle in their life.”

The captured mercenary was wearing the official uniform of Azerbaijan’s border guards, which was distributed to all Syrians fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Syrian mercenaries fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh were reportedly recruited by Turkey, which promised them monthly salaries of $1,500 to 2,000.

According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 2,350 Syrian mercenaries are now supporting Azerbaijani forces. A total of 217 mercenaries have been killed in the battle, so far.

The deployment of Syrian mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh is a clear example of how Turkey is using its proxies to further its interests in the region.

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