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World Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day

02:35  29 september  2020
02:35  29 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region

  Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region Long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan appear to have flared up in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, with both sides accusing each other of attacking civilians. © Armenian Defense Ministry/AP A photo released by the Armenian defense ministry appears to show an Azerbaijani tank being destroyed on September 27, 2020. The neighboring former Soviet republics have long been at odds over the territory -- which is situated within the borders of Azerbaijan -- and fought a war over it that finished in 1994.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a six-year war over the region until a ceasefire in 1994, and since then Nagorno-Karabakh has governed itself Tens of thousands of people were killed in the war and about 1 million people were displaced. Both countries continued to accuse each other of violating the

Intense hostilities between Armenian and Azeri forces continued on Sunday night along the border Clashes involving troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia , two historically bitter rivals, entered a READ MORE: Information war cranks up as Azerbaijan & Armenia show more footage of alleged military

Azerbaijan and Armenia are reporting more casualties as the violent flare-up between the two Caucus nations continued for a second day.

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On Monday, forces tied to the two countries reportedly exchanged rocket and artillery fire in the escalating battle that began on Sunday. The fighting is raising fears of a wider conflict in the region and the possibility that Turkey, which backs Azerbaijan and Russia (which has a mutual defense agreement with Armenia), could become involved.

War between Armenia and Azerbaijan helps no one, except Russia

  War between Armenia and Azerbaijan helps no one, except Russia The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian-occupied territory of Nagorno-Karabakh that erupted over the weekend is quickly escalating into a full-scale war. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared a state of war amid general mobilization. Massive reinforcements have been sent by both governments to the combat zone, including rocket launchers capable of hitting major cities from a long distance. © Provided by Washington Examiner The latest fighting has brought the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh to a critical stage after a quarter century of failed international mediation.

Continue reading the main story. Fighting Flares Between Azerbaijan and Armenia . The governments of both countries reported action MOSCOW — Fighting that was reported to be fierce broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia and quickly escalated, with the two sides

Forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan continued fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave for a second day on Monday, despite calls from the international community for the hostilities to end. Both sides exchanged accusations of using heavy artillery. The Azeri defense ministry said Armenian

The conflict is centered around the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which although located in Azerbaijan, is predominately composed of ethnic Armenians.

On Monday, authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh announced that an additional 27 of its soldiers had been killed in the fighting. That adds to the 31 soldiers that the enclave reported to have been killed on Sunday, according to Sky News. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh also said more than 100 troops were wounded in combat on Sunday.

While the Azeri side has not officially confirmed how many soldiers have been killed in Monday’s fighting, the country’s general prosecutor said that two Azeri civilians were killed on Monday and five were killed on Sunday.

Democrats warn Turkey over involvement in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

  Democrats warn Turkey over involvement in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict Congressional Democrats are warning Turkey against getting involved in the contested southern caucus territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia threatens a wider regional conflict.Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that "the influence of external actors such as Turkey recklessly meddling in the conflict is troubling" and called for allRep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that "the influence of external actors such as Turkey recklessly meddling in the conflict is troubling" and called for all sides to end hostilities and resume negotiations.

Forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan continued fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave for a second day on Monday, despite calls from The breakaway region reported that at least 15 additional soldiers were killed, bringing to over 30 the number of its soldiers killed since Sunday when it says

YEREVAN: Azerbaijani and Armenian forces battled for a second day on Monday after dozens were killed in an outbreak of heavy fighting that has raised fears of an all-out war between the longtime enemies. Defence officials in both countries confirmed that intense clashes had continued overnight

a man in a uniform: In this handout photo taken from a footage released by Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, Azerbaijan’s soldiers fire from a mortar at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday morning after erupting the day before, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks. (Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry via AP) © Provided by Washington Examiner In this handout photo taken from a footage released by Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, Azerbaijan’s soldiers fire from a mortar at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday morning after erupting the day before, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks. (Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry via AP)

Both sides have released much higher figures of how many people they claim have been killed by their own forces, with Azerbaijan claiming to have killed some 500 Armenian troops and Armenia claiming to have killed some 200 Azeri soldiers, according to the New York Times.

The conflict is the worst flare-up since 2016, when some 200 people were killed in clashes between Azerbaijan and the ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. A war between the regional powers ended in 1994, with a Russia-brokered ceasefire after thousands were killed on both sides of the war.

'Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?': Armenia’s president pleas for urgent international support

  'Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?': Armenia’s president pleas for urgent international support Armenian President Armen Sarkissian issued a stern warning to the international community on Wednesday, as tensions flare between Armenia and Azerbaijan. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?" Sarkissian told CNBC's Hadley Gamble from Yerevan."The international community has to realize that if you don't interfere now, then Caucasus will become another huge problem," Sarkissian cautioned.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia threatens to embroil regional players Russia, which is in a military alliance with Yerevan, and Turkey, which backs Baku. Armenia , which has declared martial law, has accused Turkey of meddling in the conflict and sending thousands of mercenaries from northern

Azerbaijan says foreign fighters are assisting Armenian forces. Armenian officials claim Syrian mercenaries are already imposing Islamic law in Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh battles rage for second day : Live news. Why you should care about conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan .

On Monday, both Azerbaijan and Armenia said they had mobilized additional forces and declared martial law in certain areas, according to the BBC. So far, both Turkey and Russia have called for a peaceful resolution to the newest flare-up, although a national security adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a statement placing the onus on Armenia, a longtime foe of Turkey.

“We believe this conflict can be resolved through peaceful negotiations, but the Armenian side has shown no interest so far,” the statement read. “We will continue to stand by the people of Azerbaijan and the government of Azerbaijan against any kind of aggression by Armenia or any other country.”

a close up of smoke: In this image taken from footage released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, an Azerbaijan's rocket launches from missile system at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. (Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry via AP) © Provided by Washington Examiner In this image taken from footage released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, an Azerbaijan's rocket launches from missile system at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. (Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov said on Monday that his country is “not talking now about military options.”

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, explained

  The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, explained Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded since fighting between the two former Soviet republics broke out on Sunday. It is unclear what flared the so-called "frozen conflict," which stretched into its fifth consecutive day on Thursday, but the fighting has already been the worst in decades. The fighting has exacerbated tensions between NATO allies France and Turkey.

Azerbaijan says heavy fighting is continuing in Tovuz district, bordering on Tavush in north-eastern Armenia . Azerbaijan 's military said it had destroyed an Armenian fortification and artillery and had inflicted The escalation in fighting comes just days after Azerbaijan 's President Aliyev criticised

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh reignited on the morning of September 27. Both sides accuse the other of staging provocations and launching offensives along the so-called “line of contact.” Both nations have declared martial law in regions affected by the fighting .

It is unclear exactly why fighting began on Sunday or who provoked the clash, with Azerbaijan accusing Armenia of firing artillery across the border and Armenia claiming it was the victim of unprovoked Azeri aggression.

“Azerbaijani units carry out combat operations to destroy the enemy and liberate our occupied lands,” Azerbaijan’s military said in a Monday statement. Mayis Barkhudarov, an Azeri general, was quoted as saying: “The Army Corps under my command will fight to the last drop of blood to completely destroy the enemy and win.”

The United States is urging both parties to move toward peace and avoid further fighting. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has condemned the escalating violence in the “strongest terms.”

“The United States believes participation in the escalating violence by external parties would be deeply unhelpful and only exacerbate regional tensions,” she said in a Sunday statement, adding that “the United States remains committed to helping the sides achieve a peaceful and sustainable settlement to the conflict.”

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Original Author: Zachary Halaschak

Original Location: Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day

Why Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting, and why it could get uglier .
The countries have fought for years over a breakaway region, but this time, the U.S. isn't helping to mediate, and other major powers are picking sides.International observers and analysts warn that, unlike during previous clashes along the two countries' shared border, it may be hard to negotiate peace this time, not least because NATO member Turkey has backed Azerbaijan and the United States appears uninterested in playing the vital role of arbiter.

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