Turkey’s Syrian Mercenaries in Azerbaijan “Feel Tricked” as Bodies Pile Up

On September 22nd, I received several reports from sources inside the Syrian National Army (SNA), the umbrella organization of all Syrian opposition factions backed by Turkey, that the first deployment of SNA men to Azerbaijan had taken place. For months before this, rumors that Turkey would be sending militants to Azerbaijans had been swirling among the SNA. “The men were taken to Turkey, forced to shave their beards and wear civilian clothes, and then they began their journey,” a Hamza Division militant in Afrin said.

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Kidnapped Armenian officer faces life imprisonment in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is reportedly preparing criminal proceedings against Armenian POW Gurgen Alaverdyan, who is currently under custody in Baku. If convicted, the junior officer who was abducted from the Line of Contact near Talish over the weekend will likely face life imprisonment in Azerbaijan. 

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Armenia will strike back harder if Baku resumes military attacks

Armenia’s Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan warned Baku that Armenia will strike back harder in the event of an Azerbaijani attack similar to what he called the April 2016 “aggression” against Artsakh.

Speaking to the Russian EADaily Tonoyan warned that in an event of an attack by Azerbaijan, Armenia cannot be in the position to solicit peace and will use its capabilities to retaliate.

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Senate Panel Adopts Measures Supporting Artsakh and Armenia, Sanctioning Ankara and Baku

ANCA: ‘Congress Is Clearly Turning the Corner on Both Turkey and Azerbaijan’

WASHINGTON—The full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee adopted a series of provisions as part of its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) foreign aid bill on Sept. 7, specifically calling for continued aid to Artsakh and increased assistance to Armenia ($20.7 million), and also imposing weapon and travel sanctions on Turkey and Azerbaijan. Those provisions were supported by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

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Azerbaijani Laundromat May Have Helped Secure Ax-Murderer Ramil Safarov’s Extradition

BUDAPEST, Hungary (A.W.)—Investigations led by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have revealed that that several bank transfers—in excess of $7 million—were made to a Budapest bank account around the time the Hungarian government extradited Azerbaijani ax-murderer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan.

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New Documentary Links Armenian Genocide to Recent Azerbaijani Massacres of Armenians

A new documentary will be screened in many theaters across the United States and will be available on demand on Oct. 7. Unlike other documentaries on the topic, this one is different and more relevant to today’s non-Armenian viewer. The documentary, titled “Architects of Denial” and subtitled “Genocide Denied Is Genocide Continued,” links the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 to contemporary massacres of Armenians by Azerbaijanis in various cities of Azerbaijan, and threats to kill Armenians living in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh).

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