2020 October 15
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Oct/15/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ battlefield and analysis \\ combat footage \\ Azeri soldiers videotape their own war crimes \\ support for Artsakh's international recognition grows \\ Azerbaijan's Syrian jihadists complain about snipers \\ international response and donations
October 14, October 13, October 12, October 11 , October 10, October 9 , October 8 , October 7, October 6, October 5, October 4, October 3, October 2, October 1, September 30, September 29, September 28, September 27
Azerbaijan's jihadist complains about Armenian snipers
Yesterday Washington Post spoke with the relative of a Syrian militant killed by an Armenian sniper in the mountains. Another report came today from a Middle East reporter...
Militant: "My cousin and I fought throughout the war in Syria, but we have not seen anything like this. In one of the battles [in Karabakh] we were on a small hill with 45 people. A sniper killed 8 members of the Sultan Murad group and 2 members of the Hamza group. Snipers are like the ones we see in movies".
some of Azerbaijan's jihadists came from Libya
Libyan National Army General Ahmed al-Mesmari confirms the transportation of mercenaries to Azerbaijan with the help of Turkey.
a few more things from yesterday
Here is the video of the civilian hospital in Artsakh bombed by Azerbaijan yesterday.
Army spokesman: Azeris used fewer armored vehicles and more infantry. On October 14th, in some areas, their losses exceeded the numbers we saw in the first days of the war.
United Nations office in Armenia: We are saddened by the news today that a 14yr old boy was severely wounded in Gegharkunik province of Armenia. We must protect civilians under international humanitarian law and ceasefire.
October 15th arrives / the battlefield / international response
7:58: the Austrian Parliament has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Turkey's involvement in the conflict.
8:31: the Red Cross has shared a photo of a school targeted by Azeri fire. "This is not what a school should look like."
8:51 army spokesman: the night was stable-tense. Azeris resumed the artillery attack in the north and south-east in the morning.
10:41: Colonel Vahagn Asatryan receives the Hero title posthumously. He died two days ago while repelling an attack.
Several officials were promoted. Col. Arayik Harutyunyan and Artak Budaghyan to Maj. General.
Lt. Gen Onik Gasparyan to Col. Gen.
Artsakh Defense Minister Jalal Harutyunyan from Maj. Gen to Lt. Gen.
11:31: Le Figaro article urges not to ignore the Turkish aggression against Armenians and condemns the involvement of ISIS and Al-Qaida militants in the conflict.
"It's time to stop referring to Karabakh as a separatist region. It became part of Soviet Azerbaijan only in 1921. 90% are Armenian..."
11:57: Foreign Ministers of Russia and Europe discussed the establishment of a temporary ceasefire.
12:12: Turkish currency Lira continues to plummet to new historic lows; 7.96 for $1.
12:15: late businessman-donor Alek Manukyan's granddaughter Christin has donated $3m to www.HimnaDram.org. "We are strong because we are united."
12:43: Los Angeles City Hall was lit up in the Artsakh Republic flag. The city had officially recognized its independence 6 years ago.
12:57: ethnic Talysh MMA champion Emil Bakhshiyev, who represents the Russian team, wore a t-shirt with the Armenian flag in solidarity.
13:06: footage showing the aftermath of a battle won by ethnic Yezidi-Armenian volunteers.
Graphic & Language: https://twitter.com/301_AD/status/1316666663098613761?s=20
More footage from Yezidi-Armenians:
13:23: the Human Rights Ombudsman of Artsakh has criticized certain "politically motivated" international organizations tasked with defending human rights for ignoring the crimes against Artsakh residents, while at the same time responding to lesser serious incidents in other parts of the world.
13:49: 750,000 letters have been sent to the White House and State Department demanding sanctions against Erdogan and Aliyev.
100 members of House and Senate have joined the calls and asked the Treasury Department to apply the Global Magnitski Act, to end military aid to Azerbaijan, and to approve the upcoming Resolution 1165 that condemns the aggression.
13:55: a group of famous French figures called for immediate steps to stop the aggression against Artsakh. "People have the right to live peacefully on their land." Full article: Avec les Arméniens du Haut-Karabakh
13:56: 49 more deceased soldiers were identified and the names published, bringing the total to 604.
14:13 a report about Saudi-Turkey spat: after telling their businesses to boycott Turkish products, the Saudi royals are now asking real-estate owners not to make purchases in Turkey.
Saudis are the second-largest group of foreign real estate buyers in Turkey, accounting for 10% of buyers who made 122,000 purchases in the past 5 years.
The kingdom is penalizing its citizens who transfer over $100,000 to Turkish accounts.
14:15: Ilham Aliyev speculated that Armenians might have bombed the Shushi church themselves to blame Azerbaijan. He added that if it turns out to have been done by Azeri soldiers "then it's a mistake, we don't target religious buildings."
Context: Azerbaijan bombed the Shushi church then used Israeli-made drones to monitor the area for 20 minutes, and when enough people entered the church to film the initial destruction, they bombed it again to maximize civilian casualties. This was also reported by Russian reporters, one of whom was critically wounded.
14:37: Russian military-expert reporters from ANNA agency went to front lines to learn about the Azeri AN-2 drones (kukuruznik turned into a drone with cameras and bombs). The conclusion is they are "useless" because they fly slow and only at a 200m altitude, which makes them vulnerable to MANPADs. Reportedly, they have done little damage.
14:37: the Civil Aviation Committee filed a complaint with EUROCONTROL after Turkey refused to allow a humanitarian jet to fly over its air to Armenia yesterday.
14:51: CBS News has investigated and fired two employees for telling Armenian demonstrators "I hope you die."
14:59: the Writers' Union of Armenia will donate the incomes earned from Nor Girq book store to www.HimnaDram.org. They are housing 60 Artsakh residents in Tsakhkadzor's Creative House.
15:02 army spokesman: there are heavy battles in the south.
15:02: army released footage showing an artillery strike against a group of Azeri infantry without armored vehicles. Those who survived are seen running back.
In another instance, the artillery strikes at a trench located on top of a hill, before a barrage of TOS-1A Solntsepyok missiles strike the slopes of the hill.
15:06: several soldiers receive medals for downing Azeri Su-25 jets, drones, and tanks. Captain Arsen Gabriekyan shot 12 tanks "thus securing a victory in several battles."
15:20: president Sarkissian gave an interview to Kuwait's Al-Jarida outlet and spoke about Turkey's and Azerbaijan's recruitment and financing of jihadists.
15:25: Russian special forces have neutralized two more jihadists who were planning terrorism in Volgograd. This group came from Central Asia but was being coordinated from Syria.
15:41 army: we shot down another Azeri Su-25 jet.
15:59 army: we don't target Azeri civilians. Azerbaijan has a practice of placing military objects within settlements.
16:02 army: Azerbaijan's recent losses are 350 soldiers, 4 drones, 1 aircraft. Total losses are 5839 soldiers, 4 TOS, 546 tanks and vehicles, 20 aircrafts, 16 helicopters, 180 drones, etc.
16:15 The National Interest article: The United States should recognize the Artsakh Republic and end military assistance to Azerbaijan.
16:24: sappers continue to clean up capital Stepanakert from unexploded and exploded leftovers of illegal cluster bombs fired by Azerbaijan. A 300mm Smerch was found in a residential backyard.
16:56: several civilian settlements were again bombed by Azerbaijan. No one was injured in the capital Stepanakert.
A woman was injured in Qnaravan village.
H1 journalist Poghos Hakobyan was killed.
17:13: the Flemish Parliament of Belgium has adopted a resolution that condemns Azerbaijan for violating the ceasefire and bombing Stepanakert, for targeting civilians, for Turkey's recruitment of Syrian militants.
It also acknowledges that Artsakh was and is an Armenian land that voted to be independent in 1991.
17:22: army released more footage showing multiple instances of precision artillery strikes, mostly against Azeri personnel who moved without armored vehicles. Groups of soldiers are seen retreating before bombs explode near some of them.
17:27: Russian ANNA military correspondents say the amount of forces that Armenians and Azeris threw at the southern town of Hadrut is disproportional to Hadrut's strategic importance. "This battle is for ideological victory rather than a military one."
17:28: the army presents the details and images of the Turkish air force's activities during the war.
Turkey left several F-16 jets in Azerbaijan after the pre-war joint training. They actively participated beginning September 27th.
Sep-27: two F-16 conduct airstrikes against the Republic of Armenia's Vardenis region and cross 6km into the Armenian territory.
Sep-29 12:16 pm: two F-16, which were patrolling near the Azeri Mingechaur region, noticed the Armenian Su-25 and opened fire while being 60km away from the Armenian border. The Su-25 was downed.
Oct-3: the F-16 jets are moved further away, from Ganja to Gabala city.
The F-16 then began helping the Azeri jets by providing cover. The E-7T command center is located in Turkey.
17:38: actor Vahagn Gevorgyan sold a painting for $35,000 in a U.S. auction and will donate the sum to www.HimnaDram.org
17:42: here is a list of more Azeri fake news websites pretending to be Armenian:
17:50: the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hopes for Armenia to defend itself against Azerbaijan.
"We're hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing," Pompeo said in an interview with WBS radio in Atlanta.
Pompeo renewed criticism of Turkey, which has staunchly backed Azerbaijan. "We now have the Turks, who have stepped in and provided resources to Azerbaijan, increasing the risk, increasing the firepower that's taking place in this historic fight over this place called Nagorno-Karabakh," Pompeo said.
17:59: Armenians held a demonstration in Luxemburg.
18:22: the Armenian delegation in the European Court for Human Rights is investigating a video published in Azeri news outlets showing the execution of two Armenian war prisoners.
The Azeri govt quickly denied the incident. Steps were taken by them to remove the videos from the internet. The Armenian Ombudsman called it a "war crime".
"This war crime has no statute of limitations, and the Republic of Azerbaijan is responsible for it," said a Parliamentary official.
Another MP sent the footage to representatives of 47 European states.
Russian ANNA military correspondents believe the video was recorded 5 days ago on one of the hills surrounding Hadrut.
18:45 army official: Azerbaijan's failed blitzkrieg's goal was to, in the first days, move across the southern Araks river and reach the Armenian border before moving north.
In northern Qarvachar, they planned to capture the highway and move south through Qarvachar. The plan was to isolate Artsakh from Armenia.
18:00: ladies are sewing raincoats for soldiers, up to 800 a day, in Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinema.
18:56: Armenians in Georgia's southern Javakh region held a demonstration and humanitarian aid collection in support of Artsakh.
19:00: Azerbaijan used a Smerch bomb against the civilian settlement Karmir Shuka. One civilian was killed.
19:15 Pashinyan to Russian RIA News: the final resolution of the conflict must be acceptable to both sides. Both countries should go for a compromise. For us, the red line is the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh [i.e. Karabakh minus surrounding regions]. Armenia has always been willing to go for such a compromise, but it has always been rejected by Azerbaijan because they don't want to recognize the rest of Karabakh.
Are the recent terrorist activities in southern Russia [Chechnia] a coincidence, or did Turkey send the militants to distract Russia from the events in South Caucasus? This is an important issue that needs to be evaluated by Russia.
Turkey is the biggest sponsor of the escalation in Karabakh. They made the decision to attack. There is also information about the presence of Turkish and Pakistani special forces. Azerbaijan couldn't fight alone, so they had to bring the militants, too.
19:18: 37 Spanish Senators and Representatives published a message urging the world to recognize the Artsakh Republic and to condemn the Turkish-Azeri "terrorist aggression".
20:11: The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli criticized Turkey for increasing its militaristic rhetoric and not contributing to the achievement of a ceasefire in Artsakh.
French MFA said Turkey is the only country that doesn't support the calls for a ceasefire.
19:54: MFAs of Russia and Turkey discussed the conflict.
20:26: Iranian outlets say 10 rockets fell in Iran's northern Khoda-Afarin county in the past 5 hours. A house was destroyed and a man was injured.
20:28: deputy PM Grigoryan met the EU ambassador Wiktorini. "The humanitarian crisis can be avoided only if there is sufficient international action against the Turkish-Azeri aggression."
He spoke about Azerbaijan's recruitment of jihadists and the use of illegal weapons against civilian settlements.
20:37 army spokesman: Չափազանց թանկ է մեզ համար այս հաղթանակը
21:00 interview with army spokesman: the heavy battles resumed in the morning near the southern Araks river plains. Azeris used airforce and artillery in the north. Nighttime battles weren't heavy.
Not much has changed in the past few days. There are no new major advancements by Azeris in the south, but they do make attempts.
Since they lost many armored vehicles, their attack potential is weaker, but they still have some steam. For some time, we'll continue to see them making attempts to advance in certain areas, but this won't happen until the very end of the war. We aren't going to only defend until the last moment.
Right now our goal is an educated defense, a planned retreat and regrouping if necessary, taking favorable positions, applying pressure from wings, mobile warfare, and other "irregular" bag of activities.
Today's battles were fierce in the south. Both sides have casualties. Azeris sustained heavy losses and were thrown back in some locations.
The opponent continues to use a large amount of infantry and air force during the attacks. Our boys continue the heroic fight.
There are no heavy battles near Qarvachar.
21:40: activists continue to monitor social media and local news to find names of Azeri deceased soldiers. The Azeri authorities keep it secret. Here are the latest few dozen identified deaths:
22:03: video of soldiers providing medical care to a dog wounded in the front lines.
22:41: the general secretary of the Organization of American States Luis Almargo supports the recognition of the Artsakh Republic and is "following the events."
He criticized Turkey's involvement in the conflict.
23:05: the Parliament of Luxemburg has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Azeri aggression.
23:30: Turkish journalist and political analyst Uzay Bulut has called for international recognition of the Artsakh Republic. She condemned Azerbaijan's bombardment of civilians, journalists, and a church.
She also condemned Erdogan for using the term "ghazva", a Turkic term for "jihad" that is done specifically against non-Muslim people. "He admitted that what's being done against Armenians is jihad."
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