36 Turkish-backed Syrian militants were killed by Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the last 48 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 3.
Hundreds of Turkish-backed Syrian militants have been supporting the Azerbaijani Armed Forces’ offensive operations in Nagorno-Karabakh since outbreak of the battle there on September 27.
“Syrian mercenaries were shoved to the frontlines there [in Nagorno-Karabakh],” the SOHR said in its report.
According to the London-based monitoring group, a total of 64 Syrian militants have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh, thus far.
Despite the mounting losses, more and more Syrian militants are arriving in Azerbaijan. As of October 3, the number of Syrians fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh is estimated by the SOHR to be over 1,200. Most of these militants are from the Turkmen ethnicity.
Originally, Syrian militants were told that they would be “guarding” oil facilities in Azerbaijan. They were also promised a monthly payment of $1,500 to 2,000.
Some of the Syrian militants now fighting Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were allegedly transported from Libya, where they were fighting for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord. Their success in Libya has apparently encourage Ankara to implement the same strategy with Azerbaijan.
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