2020 November 2

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Nov/2/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ battlefield & analysis \\ Azerbaijan targets civilians \\ ambushed & neutralized \\ complains in Azerbaijan after govt forcefully hides deaths \\ geopolitics; France and Turkish ex-PM fed up \\ jihadist dead \\ donations & events \\ economy \\ ...
by ar_david_hh

Your Monday report has 3670 words. 15-minute read.

the battle of Qarin Tak & невероятные приключения Գյուլլնազ տատի

Russian reporter Kotenok: I got a report that on October 31st the Turkish-Azeri infiltrator group suffered heavy losses and were thrown back. The 200-member group reached Qarin Tak [2km south of Shushi] and tried to bypass the Armenian troops to enter Shushi.

The group was equipped with Turkish and Pakistani special forces, Syrian mercenaries, and members of Azeri "052 Yashma" special forces. They fell under Armenian fire and were destroyed. Armenians mostly used mortars and rifles against the enemy that was trying to settle on top of a hill. After leaving 50 dead and wounded, the infiltrators retreated.

The second group of Turks tried to advance but was stopped under a fire. After this, the Azeris haven't tried an attempt in this direction. [on November 1st the army spokesman Artsrun did mention something about "Hell Gorge" and how Azeris were ambushed, might be this incident]

After this incident, Azeris began circulating rumors that the attack was actually called off because 300 Russian Wagner Group mercenaries are allegedly in Shushi, so they didn't want to engage the Russians.

https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/23416 , https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/23427

Combat footage from October 31st

A reconnaissance group clears the area, followed by Armenian soldiers advancing to engage Azeri-Turkish infiltrators [it's unclear if it's near Hadrut or Shushi].* At the 5:52 mark, you can see a column of Azeri infantry moving on the hill.

Armenians call the artillery and retreat to wait. Smoke is seen in areas where Azeris were spotted. During the battles, 3 Armenians receive a wound. Azeris left 15 dead.

Footage: https://youtu.be/RmsKqkALeU0?t=81

another high-profile jihadist commander is killed by sniper

Lebanese journalist Sago Areyan reports the death of Sultan Murad group's commander Murat Omar, who leads one of the detachment units.

Middle East reporter Elizabeth Tsurkov: Omar al-Jalabi, a commander of Brigade 80 in the Turkish-backed Hamza Division, was killed in Azerbaijan. 9 corpses of Syrians killed in Azerbaijan arrived today to the Hiwar Kilis crossing into northern Syri.

Middle East reporter Lindsey Snell: Sultan Murad commander killed in Azerbaijan (front and center in sunglasses.) Sniper.



https://t.me/infoteka24/10608 , https://infoteka24.ru/2020/11/01/74085/


few things that happened earlier

Dr. Arshavir Gundjian C.M. wrote an open letter to PM Pashinyan with a suggestion to launch Armenia-Artsakh Reconstruction Bonds, similar to what Israel did in the 1950s to strengthen Israel with the help of their diaspora.


Yezidi-Armenian Parliament MP Rustam Bakoyan shared the photo of his Yezidi friend. "This is Zakar Ozmanyan. He's been in the front lines since the very first day. He is the enemy's worst nightmare."


"This is a geopolitical win," wrote a member close to the government of Azerbaijan, after the installation of an Israeli flag 30km from the Iranian border in the town of Lankaran, which is heavily populated by ethnic Talysh people, who are closer to Iran with religious traditions.

The news was reported by the Iranian outlet Azariha. In the past, Iranian government outlets have raised dissatisfaction with Israeli drones flying at its borders.

https://t.me/ir_Azariha/11451 , https://t.me/infoteka24/10584

Photo of Lebanese Muslim women in Bourj Hammoud donating to Artsakh:


One civilian was killed and another one wounded in Martuni, Artsakh after Azerbaijan's bombing.


November 2 // battlefield & analysis // international response & diplomacy

8:51 WarGonzo reporter: about Azerbaijan bombing the Shushi Mosque yesterday [outer wall and nearby car were damaged]. It was likely a 60mm NATO-supplied mortar used by forest infiltrators. It lacked the shrapnel that's commonly seen in 82mm Soviet-made mortars.

Our sources have confirmed that sometimes the infiltrators will sneak forward and use these lightweight mortars against the civilian infrastructure of Shushi.


10:42-14:23 MoD: there were battles yesterday and last night. Azeris once again used their entire weapon arsenal against Artsakh. They attacked in several directions but could not advance. Azeri column was found and destroyed towards Shushi direction.

At night, in the southeast, Azeris tried to bring armored vehicles. We shot one tank; they pulled back the rest. Several columns were found and destroyed.

Azeris bombed civilian settlements at night.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033564.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033597.html

11:58: Azeri media spread fake news about "Armenia hiring mercenaries". They showed a few diasporan-Armenians who came to help. The "mercenaries" gave an interview to France24 outlet and raised awareness about Azerbaijan's war crimes.

"We make good coffee. They're after us so we can make good coffee for them," joked one of the "mercenaries" who speaks 5 languages and works as an actor in France.

Abu Sipan al Muraddi 69: https://youtu.be/iZdj30kjC_s


Another fake news was circulated by Ilham Aliyev's aide Hikmet Hajiyev. He showed a few Lebanese-Armenian diasporans and called them hired mercenaries.


12:04: a video showing the destruction of Azeri done last night:


12:32: hello, there. Civilians in Stepanakert are out of bomb shelters as soon as bombs stop flying. "Մի լյաաաավ խոռոված ենք անելու when the fighting stops," said one woman.


13:17: Artsakh president Arayik Harutyunyan met the volunteer soldiers from Vladimir Balayan and Shahen Meghryan groups.

"We will still have many opportunities to talk about their heroic deeds for the salvation of the homeland, but in the meantime, we must meet to issue awards.

In the first war, we used to name our groups after Tigran Mets, Aramo, Arabo, but today they are named after the heroes of the First Artsakh War. And the sons of these heroes continue the struggle against the world's most high-tech army, and destroys it.

Near village Avetaranots (6km Shushi), Roland Aydiyan and his Meghryan Group neutralized 20 Turkish special forces. Only 2 enemy soldiers stayed alive and escaped. I'm awarding four soldiers from Meghryan group posthumously now and will have time to talk about the rest of you.

Alexei Balayan (Vladimir Balayan Group) called me last evening and said they detected terrorists in front. He wanted to go forward and engage. I prohibited and said don't take the risk. Then 7:00 am in the morning he calls and says they captured one terrorist alive and can capture more, but I told him his men's lives are worth a lot more than the terrorists so the risk isn't worth it.

Alexei Balayan receives a Combat Cross medal. [lists several more recipients]

Alright, go take a rest now before a new mission," said Arayik.


13:53: Yezidi-Armenians are forming the third group of volunteers, said Yezidi MP Rustam Bakoyan.

"From the beginning of the war, the Yezidi community was ready to take part in the battles, because the citizens of Armenia, regardless of ethnicity, must defend the homeland.

On the evening of September 27, the first detachment was formed in the Yezidi sanctuary of Aknalich. The number of those who wanted to join was so large that the second group was formed, which is currently undergoing military training. At the moment, the third detachment is being recruited. "


14:16 Saudi Arabian outlet Al Yaum wrote about the undeniable fact that Turkey uses Syrian jihadists in Karabakh and is itself involved in the conflict through the use of Turkish soldiers and equipment.

Saudi Al Madina outlet wrote about Turkey's involvement and its neo-Ottoman ambitions.




14:17: some experts believe light-intensity battles can continue for months. [According to international media, jihadists say they signed 3-6-month contracts].


14:31 army: Azerbaijan has lost 7050 soldiers, 6 TOS, 675 tanks and armored vehicles, 25 aircrafts, 16 helicopters, 249 drones.

The graph showing the Azeri losses every day: https://factor.am/303933.html


14:35 Pashinyan: Let's establish the facts. Azerbaijan, with a 10 million population and massive oil revenues, has admitted after the July-2020 events that it's incapable of solving its security tasks on its own, and opted to recruit thousands of mercenaries. We already have the proof.


14:38: Nari Nersisyan and four of her female friends have also decided to join the army. "For a while, we tried to help soldiers as much as we could by other means, but eventually decided to join the front lines. At first, we were concerned about public perception and our physical abilities, but the practice has shown that all the fears were unwarranted. Our soldiers should know that they aren't alone and we're ready to stand next to them."

The five were joined by a group of other women. Hundreds have applied. The MoD is currently organizing their unit.


14:39 MoD: yesterday, between 20:30-23:40, two Azeri squads launched an attack in the north-west. They were stopped during a positional shootout. The enemy sustained many casualties and retreated. The routing enemy was ambushed in a gorge. Their destruction continued with precise grenade launcher strikes.

The second Azeri platoon attacked but was also stopped. Our soldiers chased and destroyed them.

One Armenian soldier was wounded during the two operations. "Get well soon," wrote the MoD spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan (aka Stepan Shushanyan).

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033600.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033613.html

14:57 Artsakh govt: Azerbaijan used military aviation, GRAD, and Smerch, against the civilian settlements of Martuni and Martakert.

Video from Martakert: https://youtu.be/CEcl6MAy37I


15:07: this is Vahe Minasyan. He received a shrapnel wound in Jabrayil, shot two enemy tanks, one armored vehicle, then went a few kilometers to evacuate his fellow soldier:


15:09: the government has sent additional evidence of Azeri war crimes to the European Court for Human Rights. They want ECHR to require Azerbaijan not to mistreat POWs or mutilate the bodies.

ECHR has been informed that Azerbaijan has violated an earlier ECHR ruling and continued to use cluster bombs against civilians.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033607.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033631.html

15:41: video showing the moment when the second Syrian jihadist Youssif Alabet al Haji was potted and apprehended by Armenian troops:



16:01: Iran has been anxious over the import of Syrian jihadists at its border. They made public statements critical of their presence. Some Turkish govt-loyal outlets fired back at Iran.

Iranian MFA has made another statement critical of the jihadist presence today.

The Iranian government-run outlet İrib News also covered the jihadist topic. A Turkish outlet was upset that the Iranian outlet used evidence provided by the Armenian government.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033616.html , https://factor.am/303961.html

16:23 Russian Vzglyad newspaper: Although Armenia is a CSTO member, Russia has no obligations to aid Artsakh, as it is not part of Armenia. However, there is a misconception that Artsakh is unimportant for Russia. The existence of Artsakh is important for Russia's security and geopolitical interests.


16:56: the army identified and published the names of 11 soldiers who died fighting. Among them are the deputy head of Defense Army Colonel Arthur Sargsyan and Colonel Sergey Shaqaryan.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033620.html , https://factor.am/303817.html , https://news.am/arm/news/611130.html

17:09: ex-Artsakh MoD Jalal Harutyunyan is still in stable-serious condition after receiving a wound earlier.


17:42: the government of Azerbaijan continues to cover up the death toll. Azeri lawyer Aslan Ismailov complains that violence is being applied against the family members of deceased soldiers if their photos/info is posted on the internet. Pictures from funerals are prohibited.

"It has been repeatedly reported that the executive branch did not allow photos from victims' funerals, and sometimes even treated the family members rudely. I think this is absolutely unacceptable. It is possible that for security reasons some institutions instructed it to be kept secret. This does not mean that it should be accompanied by violence," wrote the lawyer.


17:55 army spokesman Q&A: some soldiers stay in front lines much longer because it's impossible to conduct shift rotation, especially if it's still being attacked.

Even if you manage to change the troops overnight, the new ones won't be as effective and knowledgeable, which could compromise the security. The new troops must adapt first, which is impossible during intense battles. There is a shift change in relatively milder areas.


18:44: 50 Armenian and international ecological organizations have raised the alarm about Azerbaijan's intentional torching of 1815 hectares of Artsakh forests with the use of white phosphorus bombs. They contacted the UN, the Red Book agency, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and even Greta Thunberg.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033646.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033661.html , https://news.am/arm/news/611118.htmlsymph , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033682.html

19:42 Armenian MoD: at around 18:10, Azerbaijan bombed a military position and civilian settlement near Davit Bek within the Republic of Armenia territory. One civilian was killed and two wounded.


20:16: WarGonzo's video from the front line in the south-east:


20:25: the MFA of Netherlands acknowledged the presence of "Syrian jihadists recruited by Turkey" for Azerbaijan, and said, "it's likely that Turkey is directly involved in the conflict but the exact nature is unclear."


20:37: last month, in October, Turkey sharply increased military deliveries to Azerbaijan. $101m worth aviation and defense equipment. That's according to official Turkish documents.


20:43: Spanish party Vox has urged Congress to take steps to establish a ceasefire in Artsakh. They presented a plan to discuss it in various European institutes and to end arms supplies to Azerbaijan.


22:00 army spokesman Artsrun's briefing: as announced earlier, last night Azeris launched multiple attacks in the north-west direction. Both attacks were repelled. Some of them were trapped and destroyed completely.

Around 7:00 Azeris attacked near Martakert-Martuni (center front) and southern front. All attacks were repelled. In some locations, they were chased and our troops captured some positions.

South of Martuni (towards Chartar) Azeris took 1-2 positions; later we launched artillery strikes and caused heavy casualties to them in these positions.

The battles continue. Overall, all the attacks failed today. They used mostly groups of infantry and aviation. We monitor the enemy's movements and penetrated mainly with artillery.

In some areas, Azeri bodies have been lying on battlefields in front of our positions for 20-30 days. Azerbaijan refuses to collect them because they don't care about them.

Today, near one of the villages in the Hadrut region, Azeri groups left 15-16 dead bodies and routed. Sometimes the bodies can cause issues with disease, sometimes not.

The Azeri infantry and armored vehicle fleet have sustained significant damage. It's visible in the past 10 days. They often use mercenary terrorists who attack without armored vehicles, although they try to aid them with air and artillery.

Q: is it true that Azeris can monitor every location and movement of our positions?

A: entirely possible, since Turkey is in charge of the Azeri army and uses its equipment. But it's not a catastrophic thing. We also have reconnaissance tools. It's not just about hiding, it's also about misleading the enemy with your actions.

Q: who produced and sold the phosphorus bombs to Azerbaijan?

A: we're investigating.

The war continues. The enemy continues to attack in all directions with the use of a wide range of weapons. We carry out our defense duties appropriately by causing heavy casualties to the enemy.

The war is hard but I'm confident that our soldiers are in charge. They gain experience day by day. They study the enemy, better analyze their plans, and find better antidotes against their high-tech. Be confident, we will win.


23:30: UEFA has launched an investigation against Azeri Garabag FC soccer club official Ibrahimov for inciting genocide against Armenians.


humanitarian aid & demonstrations

Armenians demonstrated in front of the Azerbaijani consulate in Los Angeles.


Painter Gagik Harutyunyan will present 29 Artsakh-themed arts pieces titles "Karabakh". The proceeds will go to www.HimnaDram.org


The residents of Yeranos settlements have been helping the army and Himnadram.org. They collected 28m Drams, 11m Rubles, 7k Dollars, and a bunch of vehicles and food for the army.


The government-run "Social and Material Support" office continues to organize aid for Artsakh refugees. The federal govt gave funds to Provinces so they can provide aid. The office sent a note of gratitude to all the volunteers and donors.


Artsakh refugee women demonstrated in front of the U.S. embassy in Yerevan. They want to speak with ambassador Lynne Tracy.

They also demand NATO restrain its member Turkey. The demonstrators launched a symbolic paper plane at the embassy building. [Turkey uses F-16 jets against Artsakh]

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033622.html , https://news.am/arm/news/611079.html

Protests were held in front of the UN embassy in Armenia. "The UN hands are bloody," chanted the protesters and criticized the UN's inaction against Turkish-Azeri aggression. The UN flag was lowered with the use of long sticks brought by the demonstrators.


Boxing world champion Arthur Abraham(yan) has joined the "Recognize me? Recognize Artsakh" social media campaign, participated by several famous Armenian athletes.


Norway will donate 1.5m Euros to civilians who suffered during the Artsakh war.


Netherlands ex-MP Harry van Bommel is in Armenia to participate in an international humanitarian conference. He met refugees then urged Europe to speak up against "Azerbaijan's violence against the Armenian population."


Armenians demonstrated in Jerusalem with calls to end arms supplies to Azerbaijan, which uses the weapons to target civilians.


The symphonic orchestra's concert has collected 30m Drams in donations for the soldiers' medical costs at www.1000plus.am

Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000768523525/videos/3486681078034142/

oooooof. The ambassador to Netherlands Tigran Balayan went to a supermarket while wearing a mask with the Artsakh flag. While leaving, the cashier told him "Best of Luck with your neighbors. You have to win". [u know u done goofed if you're Ilham]


An Australian-Armenian family baked pizzas and donated the proceeds to www.HimnaDram.org. "Some would buy $25 worth pizza but pay $50 and leave."



Spanish humanitarian AECID agency will help 600 Artsakh refugee families with a $50,000 donation.

g.r.a.z.i.e: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033676.html

Artyom Oganesyan won the Kold Wars II professional boxing match and dedicated the victory to Artsakh.


regional news & geopollutics

Vandals targeted the Armenian consulate in Lyon, France with genocide-related graffiti. Earlier they did it against the Genocide Memorial in Lyon.


French Interior Minister will visit Russia to discuss terrorism.


France will officially ban the "Grey Wolves" Turkish ultra-nationalist/terrorist group. Last week they rioted, chased away cops, and attempted to search and kill Armenians on French streets while wearing "Grey Wolves" logos.



Former Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu called Erdogan a bigger danger to the world than the COVID19.

"The greatest threat to Europe and the world is the dictatorship spread by populist leaders like Mr. Erdogan. As long as our people suffer, there is deep corruption, and the dignity of our country is insulted abroad, we will continue to call for early elections."

[documents "proving" that Ahmet's grandmother is an Armenian or he is a Gyulenist spy incoming in 3… 2… 1...]


Recep Erdogan purged the Turkish air force after the 2016 failed "coup". 300 pilots were arrested. This devastated the air fleet. To partially cover the losses, Erdogan instructed some retired pilots to return to force and to train new ones.

There was also an issue with a law that made it easier for pilots to voluntarily quit and join the private aviation industry.

By 2016 the army needed 554 new pilots, and 1154 by 2017. Turkey began recruiting pilots from Pakistan. The USA, however, prohibited the F-16 jets to be flown by Pakistanis.

Greek outlet writes that Turkey is once again asking Pakistan for help with F-16 jets.

More: https://news.am/arm/news/611172.html

90% of Russian tourists who returned home with COVID, had traveled to Turkey. Russia plans to apply restrictions.


Turkish Lira continues its transition into գետնի Քիսօ. 8.83 Lira per $1. The devaluation was 7.5% in October. Bloomberg says it's one of the fasted falling currencies.


Turkey has arrested the construction company managers of buildings that collapsed during the Izmir earthquake. 91 died and 994 injured. S&R operations continue.


Greece is forging alliances against Turkey's provocations in the seas. Talks are held with UAE and India. UAE might join the Greece-Cyprus-Israel regional trio, amid improving relations between Israel-UAE due to the American efforts.

Another trio might be Greece-Cyprus-Egypt, with France showing interest.

Greece will sign a $112m military agreement with Germany to buy submarines with a torpedo.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan was declared the best player of the Roma-Fiorentina match.


Papers, Please

You will not have to stay in quarantine upon entering Armenia if you can provide documents proving that you took a COVID test within 3 days of arrival.

If you haven't taken a test prior to arrival, you will be tested at the airport and immediately quarantine yourself at home until the results arrive.

Glory to Arstotzka: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033635.html

Tribute to those who died from COVID. Performed by Ara Malikian:


the economy

Deputy PM Mher: It was possible to ensure a stable micro-business environment despite the pandemic and the war. It's unprecedented. It's a result of effective cooperation with the Central Bank. 2021 will be a tense year but I'm sure we'll approve a suitable budget.

Finance Minister Atom: the 2021 budget assumes a 6% economic fall in 2020, and 4.8% growth in 2021. These predictions can change.

With the restoration of demand, inflation is expected to approach the lower limit of the target.

The year began with high growth but COVID stopped it. April was the worst. Slightly recovered in May when physical restrictions were lifted. Got worse again in June, followed by improvement in August. The Services industry was hit the worst.

The Debt-to-GDP ratio will rise to 65% in 2020 and lower to 63.2% in 2021.

Central Bank president Martin: The state budget deficit relative to GDP will reduce by 2% in 2021. After the debt expansion in 2020, there will be a certain restraining policy in 2021 guided by the principle of ensuring medium-term debt stability.

More in links: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033563.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033578.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033581.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033590.html , https://factor.am/303669.html , https://news.am/arm/news/611059.html

How to donate to Artsakh

www.1000plus.am (international, medical help for former soldiers)

www.HimnaDram.org (international, for Artsakh)

www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible, for Artsakh)

Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/jmwl04/nov22020_wrapup_war_in_artsakh_karabakh/

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