2020 October 24
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 more details about Syrian militants // recruitment and betrayal in Azerbaijan // French Le Monde article:
- 3 another report about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan
- 4 BBC article talks about Azerbaijan's war crime against Armenian POWs
- 5 documentary film "Unbroken Artsakh"
- 6 October 24 / battlefield & videos / international response / demonstration and humanitarian aid
- 7 COVID stats
- 8 how to help Artsakh
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Daily news and anti-corruption report
Oct/24/2020 news wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ army publishes map of battlefield & positions \\ world media highlights Azerbaijan's war crimes \\ more details from Syrian jihadists \\ international response; sanctions; Artsakh recognition \\ demonstrations & donations \\ US terror alert
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more details about Syrian militants // recruitment and betrayal in Azerbaijan // French Le Monde article:
Ankara was using these militants against General Haftar in Libya. Now they are aiding the Azerbaijani army in the Caucasus.
A source from Sultan Murad claimed on October 5th that 85 militants had been killed. The relatives of missing militants often refuse to talk about the topic. Over 150 have died according to another report.
24-year-old Muhammad, fighting in southern Karabakh, revealed that their commanders wanted to move forward as much as possible before a ceasefire. The battles were heavy and they weren't allowed to rest.
"May the Lord have mercy on them and curse those who sell their blood," screamed a relative of a deceased militant who buried the relative in Azaz, Syria earlier this month.
Activist Ahmed Ferzan (who was born in Russia, just as many of the militants who died in Azerbaijan) sees a betrayal and broken lives. He published a Facebook post about how poor men join wars without fully understanding their actions.
"The commanders lied to the youth and claimed they were being hired as border guards and policemen, and wouldn't participate in battles.
They don't have money to feed their kids. Often the greedy commanders keep the salary money to themselves. They only get paid 20% of the promised salary. Turks pay $800-900 per fighter but the commanders keep $700 to themselves.
The youth believe they're going there for 2-3 months and will return after earning lucrative $2k-$3k. But they end up in the front lines the first day, while the recruiting commanders buy cars and houses for themselves back in Syria.
This isn't our war. You won't gain any glory there [in Azerbaijan]; only death," said activist Ahmed Firzan in a message to potential recruits.
One of the main recruitment facilities is a large building in Khivar Kilis on the Syria-Turkey border. Dozens of militants, dressed in Azeri border guard uniforms, undergo a quick training before the deployment.
Some Imams were invited to make religious excuses, such as citing incorrect statistics about the Shia/Sunni population of Azerbaijan, to encourage Sunni Syrians to fight for non-Sunni Azerbaijan.
another report about Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan
Russian military correspondent says the Kurdish sources in Syria have identified 42 more terrorists who are being trained by pro-Turkish groups for deployment in Artsakh, as part of the Azerbaijani army. They are from the north and north-western parts of Syria, representing 12 jihadist cells.
The very first batch that was sent to Azerbaijan weeks earlier had included 150 policemen and militants from the city Afrin, Syria.
It has been documented that 1,200 militants from four groups were sent on Sep/23/2020 from Afrin to Azerbaijan.
The numbers aren't "final". The main recruitment is in Afrin. Recently, two Afrin-based groups conducted the recruitment of militants for Azerbaijan: the school of Amir Al-Gubari and the school of Azkhar Afrin ("private" school)
BBC article talks about Azerbaijan's war crime against Armenian POWs
"Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: 'Execution' video prompts war crime probe"
A video seemingly shows two Armenians being shot with their hands behind their backs. Armenian authorities have identified the men as Benik Hakobyan, 73, and 25-year-old Yuri Adamyan.
Europe's top human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has said it has received the video and will investigate all alleged human rights abuses.
One clip widely circulating on Telegram channels, that claims to show an Azerbaijani POW being shot dead by Armenian soldiers, is actually a video from Russia that first appeared on social media sites in 2013. Others lack enough detail to be verified.
documentary film "Unbroken Artsakh"
Russian journalist Timofey Yermakov presents "Несломленный Арцах". He traveled around the country to document the events and interview the locals.
October 24 / battlefield & videos / international response / demonstration and humanitarian aid
Last night MFA Mnatsakanyan was giving an interview to CNN about Azerbaijan's indiscriminate bombing of Artsakh civilians, while Azerbaijan was bombing capital Stepanakert and other settlements.
8 bombs were dropped on Stepanakert. 1 civilian wounded in Askeran region's Avetaranots settlements. 90,000 people have left Artsakh for safety.
Stepanakert after bombing: https://youtu.be/u1aM1ovvvVg
CCTV captured the strike: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=339278614026998
23:39: army released footage showing the artillery strikes against Azeri positions. Explosion near the soldiers.
00:03: yesterday several international scholars in Genocide studies had condemned the Azeri aggression and said that the Artsakh population is under threat.
Today the "Genocide Watch" organization has examined the reports of Azeri govt officials using racist language against Armenians, the ongoing indiscriminate targeting of ethnic Armenians in Artsakh, and decided to give Azerbaijan the score of "Stage 9- Extermination" and "Stage 10 – Denial"
The organization has urged the UN Security Council to place a weapons embargo against Azerbaijan and to end the conflict.
00:07: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian urged the leaders of USA and Germany to take action and stop the war.
00:08: U.S. Representative Schiff has called for the official recognition of the Artsakh Republic. "The United States cannot stand idle."
00:19: on Wednesday, 14 members of the Los Angeles city council contacted one of America's largest PR companies "Mercury Public Affairs" to drop Turkey as a client.
Mercury has just canceled the $1m deal with the Turkish-American Council, led by Erdogan's ally.
3:31: yesterday the army attacked Azeri infiltrators in the southern front, south of the Lachin corridor, and threw them back further south. After two battles, a unit of Azeri special forces was dismantled. The survivors fled after leaving behind "9 destroyed and several functional armored vehicles".
The video shows the [presumably] functional seven armored vehicles captured by Armenians:
7:11: MFA Mnatsakanyan spoke during a meeting with the Atlantic Council. He mentioned Turkey's destabilizing actions near the Mediterranean and now the South Caucasus.
9:21: U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has also urged the U.S. government to use the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction the Azeri officials responsible for the attacks against civilians.
Congressman Jim Costa urged the govt to condemn the violation of human rights and implement sanctions as punishment.
9:50 army: the night was stable-tense. Some artillery shootout. Localized battles are currently taking place in all directions. The army successfully repelled the attacks, keeping the operative-tactical situation under control.
10:45: Canadian-Armenians held mass demonstrations across Canada, from Ottawa to Calgary. They demanded to speak up against the aggression, end any arms deals with Turkey, and to recognize Artsakh.
11:10: the Australian city of Ryde recognizes the Artsakh Republic and urged the govt to do the same. The municipality condemned the Azeri aggression. $5,000 was donated to www.HimnaDram.org
11:29: the army released footage showing the destruction of Azeri fortifications. Several soldiers get trapped between numerous artillery strikes. Others aren't as lucky and receive a direct hit.
11:57: Canadian company "Bombardier Recreational Products" has instructed its subsidiary, Austria-based Rotax, to stop supplying engines for Turkish drones.
"We have only recently learned that our components were being used in these military drones. All of our engines are certified for exclusively civilian use."
Another Canadian company had earlier suspended the contracts with Turkey after an intervention by Prime Minister Trudeau.
11:33 National Security Services: beware of the disguised Azeri agents who use Freelance.com to pay in exchange for photographing certain locations in Armenia and Artsakh. Do not rent/sell phone numbers to unknown entities.
11:36: Azeri soldier Nuraddin Yolciev Bakhtiyar oglu is from village Marzilli, Yevlakh. He was captured 20 days ago and has since been receiving medical care.
He was asked about the composition of his army unit. In the video, he says they were sent to capture northern Talish village.
"Many soldiers, including myself, were wounded during the shootout. The battles were heavy. I could not feel my legs and arms. I asked the soldiers and commanders for help, but I was left on the battlefield. I knew almost no one, most of the members of our group were not Azeris. They spoke another language.
I spent a day laying in a gorge until Armenians took me to their military base, from which I was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
I was treated well. I have been in the hospital for about 20 days. I had pain in the first days but now I am recovering thanks to the doctors. The doctors and the staff treat me well. I am satisfied with the food."
He is the second Azeri soldier to talk about the composition of their army units. The first soldier didn't mention mercenaries but said that Turkish commanders were in complete charge of the decision-making in their unit.
11:54 Artsakh Ombudsman: since September 27th, 37 civilians were killed and 118 wounded. Some people are missing. 10,500 homes, shops, other properties were damaged or destroyed. 1,100 vehicles were damaged.
The damages are heavy in capital Stepanakert where cluster bombs were also dropped on civilian areas.
In some areas, Azeri soldiers were intentionally wearing Armenian army uniforms. 40 dead Azeris in Armenian uniforms were found near Mataghis two weeks ago.
It could be done to confuse the Armenian soldiers, or cover up their own losses, or it could be the hired mercenaries, or it's an attempt to present them as Armenian bodies during a humanitarian ceasefire body-swap. In any case, when the time arrives to collect/exchange the bodies, a professional examination will answer the questions.
12:54: Australian-Armenians marched in Sydney's Central Business District to condemn the aggression and urge the official recognition of Artsakh.
13:00: what is a Red Balloon Challenge? People buy red balloons, which resemble the Turkish flag, and pop them in front of the camera in support of Artsakh.
13:55 MFA Mnatsakanyan to Nancy Pelosi: the aggression against Artsakh is accompanied by numerous war crimes. Civilians are targeted with bombs banned by international conventions.
Religious buildings are targeted. Terrorists were imported with the help of Turkey. The international community can counter this by recognizing Artsakh's right to self-determination.
14:10: Artsakh refugee kids describing the events.
Armenian soldiers received letters from school children. Video by Patrick Lancaster who covers the situation from Artsakh:
15:25: an Armenian soldier published a video from a recaptured trenches showing several Azeri bodies. He then shows a device and describes it as a syringe used by the Azeri/mercenary soldiers for numbing/performance.
Graphic video: https://t.me/infoteka24/9842
15:42: Netherlands Parliament MP Sadet Karabulut (Kurdish) shared the findings by the Human Rights Watch, which states that Azerbaijan used illegal cluster bombs against Artsakh civilians.
"Scandalous and unacceptable. The government must speak strongly about this, do something to stop Azerbaijan and Turkey. Every minute is important. Break the silence."
12:50: world-famous Russian-Israeli pianist Yevgeniy Kisin has donated the revenues from his upcoming concert to Artsakh children.
"Dear Armenian sisters and brothers. Now, in these difficult days, I sincerely wish you strength and, most importantly, unity. Take care of each other, be united, I will be with you too, regardless of the distance that separates us. Ցավդ տանեմ."
13:33: S&P Global Ratings downgraded the outlook on Azerbaijan's debt to negative. "The military confrontation could exacerbate Azerbaijan's economic, external, and fiscal vulnerabilities at a time when the economy has been weakened by COVID-19 and the collapse in oil prices," S&P said in a statement."
14:12: տեր ես, որդյակս? The Shushi church, which was bombed by Azerbaijan earlier, held a wedding ceremony today. Volunteer soldier Hovik Hovsepyan married Mariam Sargsyan. President Arayik congratulated the newlywed. International journalists were present to capture the moment.
14:56: the "School of Social Entrepreneurs" will provide a free 2-month business course to Artsakh refugees, while their children will attend handcrafting classes. The students will receive hands-on experience and a certificate.
15:04: the army has identified and published names of 36 fallen soldiers, bringing the total to 963.
Doctor Narek Mesropyan died while saving soldiers' lives.
15:21: army released footage showing the destruction of the Azeri TOS-1A heavy missile unit.
15:31: army issued medals to several soldiers. Lt. Colonel Alexei Davtyan's precise artillery calculations threw the enemy attackers back.
Three Sergeants and Lieutenants will receive bravery medals for destroying one tank each, under extremely difficult conditions.
Several Majors and Privates got medals for destroying equipment, etc.
15:35: Armenian demonstrators shut down the Spain-France highway. They called for Spain to officially recognize Artsakh and to condemn the Azeri-Turkish aggression.
16:00: an Armenian demonstration was held in Minden, Germany.
16:37: the city of Sayaxché, Guatemala has officially recognized the independence of Nagorno-Karabaj.
Guatemalan Parliament MP Carlos Lopez had earlier wrote that he recognizes Artsakh's right to self-determination.
16:38 army: the Azeri reports of downing an Armenian jet is a complete lie.
[an Azeri outlet shared a photo of a 2003 air incident which can mislead the readers into believing it's the "Armenian jet"]
16:51 army: Azeris have so far lost 6614 soldiers, 6 TOS missile units, 600 tanks and armored vehicles, 24 aircrafts, 16 helicopters, 217 drones.
Their losses during the last day were 75 soldiers, 11 drones, 12 armored vehicles.
17:37: four-time Armenian chess champion grandmaster Maria Gevorgyan is inviting you to play chess tomorrow, between 12 pm - 5 pm, near the Tumanyan statue in Yerevan.
The attendance fees will be donated to Himnadram.org
17:39: president Sarkissian gave an interview to Egyptian Al Ahram Weekly outlet, spoke about the broken ceasefires and the civilian casualties. He urged "Armenia's friends to speak up."
18:19: U.S.-Armenian doctors donated a medical CT device to a hospital in Kapan to treat the wounded soldiers.
18:33: French-Armenian tenor Robert Amirkhanyan Ruben Elbakyan performed Robert Amirkhanyan's "yeraz im yerkir" song in French.
18:35: civilian settlement Martuni was bombed several times today. No injuries.
18:50: soldiers sent a video from the front lines
19:47 army: during the second half of the day, Azeris used military aviation to bomb Martakert. No injuries.
20:10 army: we shot an Azeri drone
20:58: Armenians held a demonstration in Vilnius, Lithuania.
21:03: a terrorist beheaded a French doctor over a cartoon. Macron suggested the promotion of non-radical Islam. Erdogan told Macron to get psychological help. Macron recalled the ambassador from Turkey.
"President Erdogan's comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness is not a method. We demand that Erdogan change his policy, because it is dangerous in all respects," wrote the French government.
Earlier today, the former commander of the French army criticized Erdogan for turning Turkey into an "Islamist state" and having dangerous ideas about the "Ottoman Empire."
21:16: French-Armenians held a demonstration near the Seine River in Paris. They called for official recognition of Artsakh and an end to aggression.
22:00 army spokesman's briefing: the battles resumed in the morning. The northern battles became fierce around afternoon, with heavy artillery shootout.
In the Central area between Martuni-Hadrut, as I've said earlier, there were operations to find and neutralize infiltrators in forests and nearby settlements. One more group was neutralized today. These battles continue.
The Southern battles weren't as heavy today. Azeris tried to attack settlements several times but were repelled and thrown back. They retreated in some locations. Several cars and armored vehicles were destroyed.
The battles generally weren't as fierce today. As I promised yesterday, I will now show you the map of the battlefield [8:06 minute in the video link below].
The map shows the area between Martuni-Hadrut. Localized battles are taking place in various settlements against infiltrators.
In the southern front, Azeri infiltrators used their maximum attack potential a few days ago to push north and reached the Aghavnatun and Arpagetik villages [south of Lachin corridor], but were subsequently pushed further south.
Further south, along the river valley (not Araks, but the one that stretches to the Lachin corridor), the battles continue.
All the way south-west, not far from the Araks River valley, there are localized battles near villages Vanatun and Alashkert [8km from Armenian border]. That's as far as Azeris were able to get close to the Armenian border [the map shows Azeris are retreating further east, away from the Armenian border]
[the map shows that the area south of Hadrut is under Azeri control, but Hadrut itself is an active battlefield]
[As for the Jabrayil area in south, the battlefield is between Cilən (Saralanj) and Jabrayil. Cilən is 5km north of Jabrayil. By judging from the map, which doesn't mention Jabrayil, it's probably safe to assume that Jabrayil is, for the most part, controlled by Azeris.]
Spokesman continues: The map can constantly change because battles are localized. There can be infiltrators with or without armored vehicles who will push forward. Azeris will try to present such infiltration advancement as a victory or success, but days later they can be thrown back. Vice versa can also be true; they can retreat but attack again.
When you hear news about our success or loss, don't assume the victory is easy or we're losing. The battles are heavy, but our soldiers are in full control of the situation. Our soldiers laugh at you when they learn about what some of you write on social media. We will win.
[Red indicates full control by Azeris. Blue dots are local battles against infiltrators: ]
22:29 BREAKING: the U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan has issued a security alert for American citizens over credible reports about potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Baku, including against hotels such as J.W. Marriott Absheron and other locations.
22:38: Turkish economy is in trouble. Lira keeps devaluing; -30% vs Dollar so far this year.
Turkey is an importer country which causes problems because it doesn't have the required volume of currency. The Central Bank reserves went from $75b to $45b from earlier this year, but experts say those are almost all reserves owned by commercial banks and not the Central Bank.
Although Turkey has large gold reserves, another indicator of a worsening economy is Moody's rating for Turkey that's in-line with some African countries with not-so-good economies. It will go bankrupt unless the diving is stopped.
The latest record devaluation was on October 22nd (2%) when the Central Bank refused to lower the weekly repurchase rate from 10.25%. The rate had been increased in September to save Lira from devaluation.
Per Bloomberg survey, only 2 out of 27 expert groups predicted such behavior from the Central Bank.
+4,497 tested. +2,213 infected. +12 deaths. 425 healed. 23,332 active.
The Healthcare Minister urged the public to respect safety and hygiene, and to actively encourage others to do so. 800 patients are in serious or critical condition.
how to help Artsakh
www.1000plus.am (wounded soldiers' therapy and healthcare)
www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible)
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