2020 October 2

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Oct/2/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Karabakh \\ Azerbaijan targets its ethnic minorities & Armenian civilians \\ journalists bombed \\ world responds; calls for sanctions; 8 U.S. states have already recognized Karabakh independence \\ video \\ donations \\ world media & military analysis \\ captured stuff
by ar_david_hh

Artsakh = Karabakh

Azerbaijani government's strategy to sacrifice ethnic minorities as disposable pawns

Yesterday, the Armenian army reported that the majority of dead Azeri bodies they identified were of ethnic minority origin. We learned that there were internal clashes between ethnic minorities (Lezgin, Talysh) and the Azerbaijani government forces in various places. The minorities complained about the army draft which disproportionately deploys minorities in the front lines.

While Ilham Aliyev has been claiming the minorities are treated well in Azerbaijan by bringing the Jewish community as an example (which is relatively a small group that doesn't pose any threat and enjoys the good treatment partly due to the Israel-Azerbaijan economic partnership"), the reality couldn't be further from the truth.

Ethnic Talysh activists are routinely arrested or forced to leave the country. Many had fled to Russia and even Armenia. Minority-run media outlets are shut. They've been complaining about extortions by representatives of authorities who usually impose harsher terms if the victim is a minority.

Here are two recent complaints about a mistreatment:


(ethnic Dagestani man discussing the alarming news that he keeps receiving from fellows in Azerbaijan)


(ethnic Avar man exposes the mistreatment and asks Putin to intervene)


This article reports that Talysh minorities complain about disproportional military deployment in front lines: "По их информации, непропорционально много их соплеменников отправляется властями АР в зону военных действий". It also states: if the conflict isn't stopped soon, it could worsen the socio-economic situation in Azerbaijan and result in ethnic conflicts.


A Twitter user posted a [unverified] screenshot sent from a friend who was drafted. The soldier said they are mostly Lezgins in front lines: https://twitter.com/janavur4/status/1311266148378464256?s=20

Another user claims that the Azerbaijani authorities went straight to people's homes in a village in the north-east region [minority area] and took 300 people.






Political expert: There was some panic in Azerbaijan's Shamkhor and Ghazakh regions relating to minorities. In an ethnic Talysh town of Bilasuvar, the police dispersed the participants of a funeral who shouted the Shia phrase "Ya, Hussein".


Tag: #Azerbaijan #Lezgin #Talysh

more reports arriving about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan / Jihadists share details

BBC Syria reporter has learned from Karabakh: "At least 8 KIA and 2 MIA among Syrian fighters in Karabakh on October 1st. Multiple attempts to save the injured failed as they came under artillery and mortar fire.

According to one of our contacts, a unit of Syrian SNA Fighters has been killed. He's on a family WhatsApp group of one of the dead fighters. A message was sent to explain the case of the officer missing in action. The message read: "One of the fighters was martyred during the assault. The major, and 2 other fighters, went to retrieve his body. On their way back, a shell exploded next to them. The major was injured and a rescue team went to get him.

While on their way to the rescue, a mortar round exploded right in their midst. All 8 of them were killed. Another group went in after them but I've no idea what happened next. It's mayhem here. We're being kept in the dark.

Was the last group successful? Did they die as well? Did they save the major? No one knows. Azerbaijan is vast. There 50kms between hospitals. We went to the nearest 2 military hospitals. We looked everywhere from before sundown till after. Nothing.

The Azerbaijani army stopped us. There were many difficulties along the way, trying to find the Major. We failed. Please inform his family of those details. He may not have been martyred at all.

Thread: https://twitter.com/Dalatrm/status/1311758817688985618?s=20


Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: "Nagorno-Karabakh battles | Nearly 30 Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries killed in 48 hours, over 60 others missing"

Reliable sources have informed us that the Turkish government has thrown Syrian mercenaries into the ongoing battles in Karabakh. After having been told that their task was to “guard the oil fields and borders” in Azerbaijan, they have been noticeably involved in the battles in the past 2 days.

We have documented a spike in the number of fatalities among the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan [see the headline for #].



international media covers the Karabakh War

Russian journalist Ilya Varlamov tells the history of Karabakh conflict: in ancient times it was part of Greater Armenia before becoming disputed. Historians also write that it was on the border between Armenia and Caucasian Albania (not Albania), whose population was consisted of ancient Caucasus people who are more similar to modern Georgians. Armenians were the majority.

Today, Azeri historians think their ancestors are not only the Turks but also the Caucasian Albanians. Turks came in the 11th century and dominated in 13th. Around this time, many Armenian rulers of Karabakh fell under the Turkic rule. As Christians, they were paying higher taxes.

Russian Empire came in the 19th century and the conflict was frozen. Russia favored Armenia due to the same religion.

Then the 1915 Armenian Genocide happened and many Armenians fled from Turkey to Karabakh, where they had to face the Karabakhi Turks again.

After Russia exited WW1, Turkey attacked Armenia and met fierce resistance. During the Russian revolution, there was an Armenian-Azeri war. It ended when Bolsheviks came into power in both countries. Bolsheviks began drawing maps and decided to join Soviet-Karabakh, 94% of which were Armenians, to Azerbaijan while giving it some "autonomy". 94% of Soviet-Karabakh were

The territorial conflict persisted during USSR but clashes were avoided. It resumed in the 80s. Millions of Armenians marched for the reunification of Karabakh. Karabahki Armenians supported it.

Soon it turned into clashes and ethnic cleansing was done in both states. People migrated. Soviet uncertainty made it worse.

After Azeri nationalists committed the massacres of Armenians in Baku, the USSR introduced troops in Baku.

USSR and Azeri forces were disarming Armenians of Karabakh and deporting them to Armenia. Then Moscow's intervention ended in Aug-21-1991 because USSR fell. The Karabakh conflict resumed.

More: https://youtu.be/JBrrrXBsQiA


Russian Rain TV reporters were among those who were targeted by Azerbaijani missiles while in a city. Here are their reports from the scene:




Middle East Monitor: "We were deceived’, says Syria mercenary fighting in Azerbaijan"

Days after arriving, the untrained Syrians were forced to fight on the front lines as the fighting broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region.

“They loaded us into troop carriers, we were wearing Azeri uniforms, and each of us was armed with a single Kalashnikov weapon. Most of the people here are poor civilians who wanted the money, not soldiers, stopped the car and we were surprised that we were in the line of fire. We did not even know where the enemy was.”



(Hindi news arout the conflict) इस बात के पक्के सबूत हैं कि अजरबैजान ने पूरी साजिश के तौर पर नागोरनो कारबाख पर हमला किया :


a few more things that happened earlier

Anonymous hacking group from Greece hacked into 83 (150 as of October 1st) Azerbaijani government websites in support of Armenia. They uploaded server data.

https://t.me/reartsakh/3928 , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285877/

Armenian army ambushed and killed a group of 32 Azeri soldiers. The video won't be posted here, but here is a blurred out scene for identification purposes because there were some "rumors" about it:


Artsakh president Arayik paid a visit to the French Le Monde journalist who was injured by Azeri artillery fire.


October 2nd arrives

00:08 am: Azerbaijan operated 4 drones in the Armenian territory at midnight. 1 above Abovyan (not far from capital Yerevan), and 3 above the Gegharquniq province (where the big lake is). All 4 were found and destroyed. That brought the total number of Azeri drones shot in one day to 7 (the rest was over Artsakh air).

https://t.me/infocomm/21684 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029905.html , https://t.me/reartsakh/3926 , https://t.me/infocomm/21692 , https://www.facebook.com/shushanstepanyan/posts/3290976814271789

00:18: Artsakh war veteran Karen Javalyan, one of the commanders of Yeghnikner battalion, has received the title of Artsakh Hero "for capturing new Azeri positions and strengthening strategic heights"

https://youtu.be/oIlgs9-_j18 , https://t.me/reartsakh/3927

00:46 president Sarkissian to Al-Jazeera: Turkey pretends as if it's not interfering in this conflict. There is extensive evidence that proves otherwise. The people of Karabakh expressed their choice in 1991 after the fall of the USSR. Azerbaijan decided to fight against the newly independent Armenians of Karabakh.


00:49: Pashinyan has called for Turkey's expulsion from OSCE Minks Group, reiterating that the OSCE group is the format that should handle the negotiations. "We look forward to the active participation of the peaceful community in ending the aggression... At this stage, the enemy does not show any intention to stop hostilities."


1:15 Armenian MFA: Azerbaijan and Turkey threaten world security by involving the mercenaries.


1:35: Pashinyan has a conversation with Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien about Azerbaijan's deployment of jihadists and the need to oust them from the region.

https://twitter.com/armgov/status/1311786240023441409?s=20 , https://twitter.com/armgov/status/1311786242443444232?s=20

1:50: video showing the aftermath of Azerbaijani shelling of civilian settlement. "This is a war crime":


1:47: the U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo has urged the external players (Turkey) not to intervene in the conflict, and for both sides to cease the fire. "We hope that in the coming days they will see that violence will not resolve ethnic-political conflicts."


1:52: the video shows armored vehicles that Armenians captured from Azeri soldiers after the latter's unsuccessful attack. A soldier recalls the event, "we saw them coming so we took the rocket launchers and hit 3 of them. They ran away. It's a gift for us."


, https://t.me/infocomm/21694

7:48: The Justice Ministry has sent all their employees, including women, to undergo a target practice. Male employees will operate real guns, while women will start from "electronic" before using a real one.


8:48 army: the night was relatively stable but tense. Yesterday the dynamics of the battles were unprecedented. The types of weapons, the quantities of weapons and personnel, etc. There was no significant change in the tactical situation.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029925.html , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285896/

8:42: the army released footage showing the aftermath of the destruction of an Azeri helicopter. A massive fireball is formed after it crashes on the ground.


8:56 army: at around 7:55 am we shot an Azeri plane and a drone.


9:24 National Security Services: Azerbaijan is using an Armenian phone number with a hope to call Artsakh civilians and spread panic by sharing false information. They also ask people to send back valuable data, while claiming to be the Armenian government. Beware.


9:29: army released a clip from front lines showing the soldiers doing their job. "We have no problem. No step back."


9:31 army: զգետնվեց. We shot another Su-25 jet belonging to Azerbaijan. (4th since yesterday?)


9:36: military reporter WarGonzo tells a joke he heard from an Armenian soldier in front line.

Translated: there are scars in the skies above the London. Berry: What's happening? The air defense is working. Why? Drones are flying, but don't worry, Artsrun said it's not dangerous. [if you didn't get it just scroll down]

Original: Над Лондоном в небе разрывы. Бэримор - что происходит? Работает ПВО! Почему? Летают беспилотники, но не переживайте - Арцрун сказал, что это не опасно


9:46: the wounded French Le Monde journalist has been transported to Yerevan. The surgeons in Stepanakert saved his life yesterday.


10:12: Armenian govt will require a special permit for Armenians to enter Artsakh in order to keep the vital roads free for essential movement.


10:47: army released the names of 54 more soldiers who died during the battles, bringing the total verified/identified to 154. The wounded are being verified. (the numbers arrive with a delay)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029938.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029958.html

10:58 Artsakh army: the battles continue in all directions. We repelled all their attacks.

During the past day, Azerbaijan has lost 39 armored vehicles, 17 drones, 4 Su-25 jets, 3 Mi-24 helicopters, approximately 830 soldiers, and an artillery division.


12:21 Artsakh army: one of the dead Azeri soldiers was carrying an Israeli-made Tadiran radio communication unit. Data extraction revealed that the group was commanded mostly in Arabic.


11:19 MFA: we welcome the announcement by the OCSE Minks Group about an immediate ceasefire. We condemn the Azeri aggression, Turkish intervention, and the involvement of international terrorists.


12:06: the army shared a photo of a missile remnant, saying "Azerbaijan used a cassette bomb, which is against international law especially if used against civilians."


12:24: Pashinyan gave an interview to Le Figaro.


12:16 army: Azerbaijan has used Smerch against the civilian population of Hadrut. There are wounded.


13:08 army: we shot one more Azeri plane and 2 drones. The enemy also lost tanks and infantrymen.


13:12: Artsakh's telecom operator Karabakh Telecom will be temporarily run by the government until the emergency ends. All services will become free until January 1st.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029960.html , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285893/

13:28: Russian famous rock musician Yulia Chicherina went to Artsakh. Russian reporter WarGonzo says she was online until the area was bombed by Azeri drones; now they can't get in touch with her. Her representative was also unable to reach her.


13:30: photos showing the damage done to civilian houses in Hadrut.


13:45: army shared a photo of a destroyed Azeri T-90 tank. "The boys struck it pretty easily".

Tank photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029968.html

According to "Caucasus Live" map, the aforementioned Armenian photo was taken near Karakhanbeyli [abandoned] village, which Azerbaijan claimed to have captured yesterday. Azerbaijan provided no proof of capturing it. The lesson is, whenever there is a land capture claim, wait for more information before drawing conclusions.


between 13:53 and 23:00: Azerbaijan targeted capital Stepanakert's civilian infrastructure several times. Significant damage was done to the emergency department building and vehicles. 10 wounded; their lives aren't at risk. At least one death. The military hospital sustained some damage. Artsakh vowed to respond proportionately, "Aliyev's family will bear responsibility."

https://youtu.be/z6TzyHoMzmU , https://youtu.be/DKRuxQF0VXs , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029969.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029974.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029987.html , https://factor.am/289962.html , https://factor.am/289998.html , https://twitter.com/MuradGazdiev/status/1312083898755690496?s=20 , https://t.me/sashakots/17097

https://factor.am/290133.html , https://t.me/wargonzo/3565


14:23 army: The Armenian army is brought to the full level of combat readiness. Military units are being replenished. Groups are sent to defense zones.

Ex-security adviser Abrahamyan: Reserve gathering in Azerbaijan is close to failing. There are videos showing how people are being pushed into buses and sent to the front.

The morale of the person going to the front in that condition is clear. Turkey does not care about Azerbaijan or its citizens when solving its regional problems. It is interested in Azerbaijan as a platform to advance interests in our region.

https://factor.am/289928.html , https://factor.am/289924.html , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285898/

14:33: army released footage showing the destruction of multiple Azeri military objects. In another instance, Azeri soldiers are seen abandoning a tank and routing, while half get sniped by Armenians.

Video: https://youtu.be/fLe0lxzFBQw

Turkey's Erdogan: Jerusalem is a Turkish city from which the Turks were forced to leave with the tears in their eyes. The city is ours.

15:43 QP MP Lena: It is time for Israel to realize that the drones sold to Turkey will sooner or later fly to Jerusalem.

https://news.am/arm/news/605618.html , https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2020/10/02/erdogan-ierusalim-eto-nash-gorod-my-pokinuli-ego-v-slezah , https://factor.am/289942.html

15:09 army: Azeris have lost 1750 KIA, 109 drones, 10 helicopters, 205 tanks and armored vehicles, 6 planes, 1 Smerch missile unit,


15:11: Azerbaijan used, presumably an Israeli LORA missile, against a bridge connecting Armenia to Artsakh. A journalist says the bridge was still usable.


15:30 MoD of Armenia: Azerbaijan is lying about us firing Tochka-U missile from the Armenian territory at Azerbaijan. We haven't done so yet despite Azeri drones targeting areas near the Armenian city of Vardenis.


15:31: the Russian singer Yulia Chicherina has established contact with the world again. She is unharmed. She says the Azerbaijani drones opened fire at civilians in an Artsakh village where she was staying. She plans to perform for the soldiers in the front. "Good luck to everyone. Hurray. We will win."

Here she is performing: https://youtu.be/yCpSX5VAZ7U?t=24

https://youtu.be/QC0Kt-hiIJc .


16:00 army: we shot 5 Azeri planes and 3 helicopters around 4 pm.


16:11 NSS to public: Azeris created new social media news pages to spread false information. Avoid its consumption by following news sources you trusted before the war.


16:33 Pashinyan interview to The Globe and Mail: We are fighting in the front lines of civilization. Countries that are allied with Turkey through NATO, such as Canada, should decide which side they are on.

Turkey's allies in NATO must explain why F-16 jets are bombing the civilian population of Karabakh. Western countries should review their policies of supplying military tech go Turkey. (It was revealed that Turkey uses western parts in their tech)


Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister says he’s willing to halt military export permits to NATO ally Turkey if an investigation determines Canadian technology is leading to human rights abuses.


16:53: the wounded soldier proposes his girlfriend while in the hospital

Video: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030008.html

17:20 RIA Novosti: a minibus with Russian and Armenian journalists was targeted by fire. No injuries.

Photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030027.html


20:02: banak.info journalists were also shelled by Azeri fire earlier today.


18:28: video showing how journalists were targeted by the Azeri fire.


17:11 Reporters Without Borders: Azeri authorities should investigate and explain the source of fire that had wounded 4 journalists in Martuni. Everyone had "PRESS" uniforms and they were there to interview civilians about the damages.


17:22: 450 Armenian women have signed up to volunteer for army service. The MoD will decide their duties.


17:44: an army official shared a photo of food they found in the captured Azeri vehicles. Some perishable meat, but fancy nonetheless. "Ilham feeds them well yet they still didn't fight."


17:59: Georgian police are investigating two incidents of unknown people damaging (already restored) international internet cables that connect Armenia-Georgia-World. Both incidents happened in Georgian areas with the majority ethnic Azeri population.


Harisa: sculptor Vigen Avetis is preparing harisa on fire, dedicated to soldiers. Թուր կեծակին այսօր հայ ազգի մոտ է:


18:17: the second voluntary group consisted of ethnic Yezidi-Armenians is being formed to aid the first group in front lines


18:59 army: we captured an Azeri BTR-82A armored vehicle.

Photo: https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285931/

19:03: Armenia's major telecoms will provide Artsakh residents a basic internet/call/SMS package for free.


19:09: Azeri media outlets such as Haqqin circulated fake news about capturing Artsakh's 163th division's flag. The image of the supposed flag displayed by them even had grammatical errors.


19:39: The religious leader of Iran's Alborz province (Tehran suburb) urged for a ceasefire and criticized Israel for sending military equipment "to the borders near Iran with an intention to destabilize the country's borders." (Israel sends aid to Azerbaijan)


19:59: Yerkrapah leader and 90s war veteran Sasun Mikaelyan gave an interview to Vice News in which he spoke about the need to defend the nation.


21:00 army: the opponent continues to change tactics but we repelled all attacks, big and small. In the past 24 hours, Azerbaijan has lost 540 soldiers, 700 wounded, 45 armored vehicles. We shot 6 planes while most of them were not in the air (airport?). 3 helicopters, 6 UAVs. We mostly defended, with other types of strategies in some locations.

Opponent continues to target civilian settlements. Journalists were targeted, Hadrut and Stepanakert were targeted twice. Civilians were injured.


Azerbaijani outlet 1newz.az claims they counted 645 KIA in Azeri forces as of September 29th.


21:55: Artsakh president signs a decree to reward soldiers who did exceptionally well. 12 soldiers received the Order of the Combat Cross.


22:11 Artsakh govt: we have no difficulties with distributing pensions and salaries. The utilities won't be shut for those who can't pay the bills.

https://t.me/infocomm/21853 , https://t.me/infocomm/21856

22:19 army: while fighting in Mt. Mrav areas, our Sergeant showed exceptional heroism and ingenuity. When he had to, he retreated from his position, misled the opponent, waited for the right moment, attacked again, and took the position.


22:20 army: we have not used our full potential yet.


22:58 army: we have all the resources necessary to do our duties. Of course, we have losses and we spend bombs, fuel, bullets, etc., but we have reserves and were prepared.


23:00: a humanitarian aid has reached bordering Martakert.


23:14: a video uploaded by a non-official army account shows the aftermath of Armenians capturing their outpost back, as stated by a soldier. Bodies of a large number of Azeri soldiers are seen laying around.

Graphic: https://t.me/reartsakh/4011

23:36 army: we just shot down two Azeri drones.


Armenians continue to react from around the world.

$19m has been donated so far through All-Armenia Fund and Artsakh govt's bank account.


International tennis player Karen Khachanov is saddened by the violence against civilians. "Armenians have not started and do not want this war."


HayPost's U.S. branch has processed 20 tons of aid in the past 2 days, with the help of Californian-Armenians.


Fly Armenia Airways donated medication to Artsakh.


Students in Gyumri organized a humanitarian aid collection and donated blood.


Armenian community in São Paulo organized a rally in front of the Turkish and Azeri embassy to condemn the aggression.


experts discuss possible ways to mediate a ceasefire

Russian "Time will tell" debate-show on a state-run TV has invited guests. Here are some bits.

RUS host: Aliyev went to a hospital to meet the wounded. At some point, the number of wounded can become a political issue. But the words he used there don't suggest that it'll end in 2 weeks [as suggested by a guest].

Aliyev: Armenian forces must completely and immediately leave Karabakh. Then we'll cease the fire.

RUS host: by making these maximalist demands, which obviously won't be met, does he hope to continue the war for longer?

AZE guest: Azerbaijan is fighting to enforce the international community's position that Armenians should withdraw.

RUS host: nope, that's not what the international community's position is. Right now the international community wants an immediate ceasefire. European Council General Secretary said: both sides should stop military actions immediately and follow through the ECHR demands.

AZE guest: Exactly. Pay attention to the second part. The Council said "separatists must meet all the demands imposed on them"

RUS host: no, wait a second. ECHR's demand [wasn't about separatists withdrawing] is about not targeting civilians.

AZE guest: imagine if the international community asked USSR in 1942 not to take action against Hitler.

RUS host: Sorry, but that's disrespectful to Armenian and Azeri grandpas. That's low.

AZE guest: for Azerbaijan this is a Great Patriotic War (WW2). We will stop when the Armenian army withdraws.

RUS host: how many hundreds of thousands of Azeri soldier lives are you ready to sacrifice before you realize Armenians will not voluntarily withdraw the army?

AZE guest: ask the same to Pashinyan.

RUS host: then sit down and discuss together. Negotiate.

RUS guest: we know from history that peace can be achieved by forcing them. Someone has to come and force the two. Russia cannot do that right now [all Russians present agreed]. When Azerbaijan cites UN Resolution about returning its territories, Azerbaijan ignores the Resolution's segment that says "the lands can only be returned peacefully". Azerbaijan is violating UN resolution through the use of force. This gives the legal right for a 3rd party organizations to take action against both.

RUS host: but who is the 3rd party organization?

RUS guest: Minsk Group has Russia, France, and the USA. The USA is silent. France is just now doing something rhetorical stuff. Only Russia is saying let's "try".

[Turkey becomes the main theme. Guests criticize its aggressive stance.]

More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jq669XkGDA

the international response

Greek MP Stelios Kympouropoulos of the European Parliament is leading a campaign with 24 colleagues to ask the Euro Parliament whether it intends to sanction Azerbaijan, and what steps will the Parliament take to pressure Aliyev.


The U.S. state of Michigan has officially recognized Artsakh as an independent republic, becoming the 8th state to do so.

The Senator who drafted the bill: Artsakh's history is similar to that of ours. Freedom, self-determination, democracy, and peace.


U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and 49 other House members have asked State Department to demand for Turkey and Azerbaijan to end hostilities in Armenia and Artsakh, amid reports of Turkish intervention and jihadists.


Key Senate and House leaders, joined by 60 members of Congress, demand sanctions against Turkey and an immediate cut-off of military aid to Azerbaijan.


Chilean Chamber of Deputies has passed a resolution condemning "Azerbaijan's aggression against Karabakh which resulted in deaths of hundreds of civilians and soldiers."


The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine rejected the reports about Ukraine expressing willingness to aid Azerbaijan in the conflict, and suggested for those who circulated that report to "take their pills". A Ukrainian MP later said a media outlet purposely twisted her words for headlines.

Ukraine president Zelensky later confirmed that they won't supply arms to either side.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029980.html , https://factor.am/289993.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030014.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030043.html

Emmanuel Macron says they have identified 300 of the mercenaries that Turkey shipped to Azerbaijan, and they are all jihadists from the Aleppo area.


Macron will speak with Erdogan "to demand answers" about the verified reports about the Syrian mercenaries. He urged all NATO members to behave like one.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029951.html , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285889/

Russian military expert Mikhail Khodarenko: in these five days, the Azeri army has failed to achieve the task that they had for the first day. In comparison, Israel managed to bring to its knee a much larger Arab coalition in 6 days. I think Azerbaijan didn't even come close.

Ilham Aliyev has lost the "golden period" and has no major successes. His arsenal is depleting and will weaken in 3 days. If you couldn't achieve the task in the first few days, you can't achieve it with a depleted arsenal even within several weeks.



French MP Valerie Boyer: Islamist terrorists fight alongside Azerbaijan to kill Karabakh Armenians. The international community cannot stay indifferent to the killings.


European Union will send 500k Euro emergency aid to Armenian and Azeri civilians who were affected in war.


BRENT oil fell to $39. The low prices have a significant impact on Azerbaijan's economy. They formed the 2020 budget last year assuming it would be $55. The economy has worsened since April, followed by their border escalations.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030007.html , https://factor.am/289979.html

Reuters: Bus carrying Russia, Armenian journalists hit by artillery fire in Nagorno-Karabakh


Reuters: Two French journalists seriously wounded after shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh


BBC showed the damage to civilian infrastructure in Stepanakert. Several streets and buildings.


the eurobonds have been fully repurchased

Armenia published $700m eurobonds (borrowed cash) in 2013 with a repurchasing deadline of 2020. In 2019, amid improving economy, democracy, and international indexes indicating better conditions, the govt was able to borrow for a much smaller interest rate.

The 2013 eurobonds have been fully repurchased. $200m in 2015, $402m in 2019, and the rest of $98m (plus fees) in 2020.


COVID stats

+3,897 tested. +532 infected. +187 healed. +3 deaths. 5709 active.

It looks like the second wave has reached the region. Georgia recorded a whopping 453 new cases.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029963.html , https://factor.am/289785.html

Top-3 most popular books

It's Friday. That means we have stats on the most-read books by Yerevan residents. This one is about documentary genre books that were read in August.

3) Ո՞ւր է իմ պանիրը, by Սպենսեր Ջոնսոն.

2) Sapiens. մարդկության համառոտ պատմությունը, by Յուվալ Նոյ Հարարի

1) The monk who sold his Ferrari, by Ռոբին Շարմա.



Read yesterday's thread for details about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan and Turkey: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/j3g62t/oct12020_events_war_in_karabakhartsakh_yerevan/

Some other sources of news you might consider: https://haghteluenq.com/

The world is celebrating the International Day of Non-Violence today! https://www.un.org/en/observances/non-violence-day


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