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Azerbaijan Wrongly Accused Armenia Of Firing Tactical Ballistic Missiles

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On September 30, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan accused the Armenian military of firing OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles against its forces, which are carrying out a large-scale offensive on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The ministry backed its accusation by posting a photo on Twitter allegedly showing the remains of one of the Tochka missiles fired by Armenian forces. However, the remains were identified as a BM-30 Smerch 300 mm rocket. Once confronted by its mistake, the ministry quickly deleted the tweet and published another with a stock image of an Armenian Tochka launcher.

The Armenian military is known to be operating at least six BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launch systems as well as 40 OTR-21 missile launchers.

The Azerbaijani MoD’s claims are part of the ongoing propaganda war between the two countries. Both sides have been caught sharing false information or trying to exaggerate their achievements since the outbreak of the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In its recent statements, the Azerbaijani MoD claimed that its troops had neutralized 2,300 Armenian service members and destroyed an S-300 air-defense system. On the other side, the Armenian MoD claimed that its forces had destroyed over 160 Azerbaijani vehicles and had shot down 49 drones.

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