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Azerbaijan Bombs Nagorno-Karabakh Cities, Turkey Reportedly Takes Control Of Air Operations

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Azerbaijan Bombs Nagorno-Karabakh Cities, Turkey Reportedly Takes Control Of Air Operations

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On October 1st, the regional authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh reported that hostilities continue along the entire contact line, but that no significant progress is being made by Azerbaijan’s forces.

Reportedly, Azerbaijan handed over air control of the operation in Nagorno-Karabakh to the Turkish Air Force, the representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote on Facebook.

According to him, the flights of the Turkish and Azerbaijani aviation are controlled by a E7-T aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, which is an air command post.

The board was located 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.

He noted that on the morning of September 30th, two Turkish F-16 fighters, Azerbaijani Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as the Turkish reconnaissance and strike drone “Bayraktar”, which took off from the city of Kurdamir, inflicted a missile and bomb attack on the Karabakh the cities of Hadrut and Martakert.

“In addition, at a short distance from the city of Hadrut, there is a command post for controlling Turkish drones, which directly corrects the fire of Azerbaijani attack aircraft,” Hovhannisyan concluded.

The day before, Armenia announced that an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force shot down an Armenian Su-25 in the airspace of Armenia, the pilot of the attack aircraft was killed.

In Ankara, this statement was called “the fantasy of the Armenian military propaganda machine”, and the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev, in turn, added that two Armenian Su-25s crashed into the mountain and exploded, the rest is absurd claims and disinformation.

Regardless, a video was published showing the city of Martakert following heavy strikes by aircraft. According to reports at least 3 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded in the attacks.

Also, a map with movement of forces was published showing the Movement of Turkish and Azerbaijani air forces, including F-16s. And how the flights of Azerbaijani planes are coordinated from Turkey.

This video was published by the press Secretary of the Ministry of defense of Armenia Shushan Stepanyan.

Furthermore, to evidence that Syrian militants had actually been deployed by Turkey to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan, it turned out that not all cell phones had been taken away and selfies of fighters began being published online.

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There was also a video that was released, purportedly showing militants, clad in uniform, preparing to be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan.

The events in the video allegedly take place on September 25th, two days before the escalation was caused by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

The report of the first Syrian militant casualty is also fact, now there is a 2nd casualty – the individual on the photograph below was killed in the clashes.

He is Talha Muhammad, the second Syrian, whose death in Azerbaijan was confirmed by relatives.

The group he’s part of is called the “Hamza Division.”

Additionally, Qasim al-Jazmur, a native of Deir ez-Zor and a Sultan Murad militant from the so-called Turkish-backed National army, was killed by the Armenian army during clashes taking place in Artsakh.

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Finally, seeing as to how Turkey is attempting to turn the region into a hotbed of militants fighting on behalf of Azerbaijan, Iran issued a statement saying that it would not allow its adjacent area to be turned into one.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh was cited as saying the following:

“Iran will not allow terrorists to turn the areas adjacent to the northern borders of our country into a threat to our national security.  This will lead to a much greater catastrophe than the Karabakh conflict.”

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