Turkey is planning to keep Syrian militants in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh despite the recent Russian-brokered peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on November 15.
According to the London-based monitoring group, several groups of the militants will stay in the region despite the end of all military operations.
“Turkey claims that these fighters are hailing from this region, particularly from Caucasus and other areas there,” the SOHR said in its report, revealing that these militants are actually “pro-Turkey Turkmen fighters.”
Around 2,580 Turkish-backed Syrian militants backed Azerbaijani large offensive on Nagorno-Karabakh, which started on September 27.
By the end of all military operations on November 10, at least 293 Syrian militants were killed by Armenian forces. The bodies of 225 militants were sent back to Syria, with the most recent batch of 30 bodies arriving on November 15.
At least two Syrian militants were captured by Armenian forces during the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. Both are still in the custody of Armenian authorities.
The permanent presence of pro-Turkish Syrian Turkmen militants in Nagorno-Karabakh may also potentially affect the regional demographics.
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