2020 October 6

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Oct/6/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Karabakh (Artsakh) \\ media reacts to Azerbaijan's use of cluster bomb on civilians \\ ethnic minorities condemn Aliyev regime \\ revealed: Azerbaijan recruits more jihadists \\ Iran & Russia warn \\ casualties & losses \\ donations intensify \\ eagle vs lizard \\ bills
by ar_david_hh


Previous reports:

October 5, October 4, October 3, October 2, October 1, September 30, September 29, September 28, September 27

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An English-language documentary explaining the conflict, Turkey's involvement, and Azerbaijan's recruitment of terrorists.

https://youtu.be/aMBCbuIMUrs


"This isn't out war" / Talysh minorities complain about Azerbaijan's discriminatory draft & hate speech

A few days ago we learned how the government of Azerbaijan intentionally drafts disproportionately higher numbers of ethnic minorities. A new report came from Talysh activists.

The letter reads: There is no military solution to this conflict, as it will only lead to problems for future generations. We are extremely concerned about the steps taken by the Azerbaijani authorities to send the Talysh to the battlefield.

We condemn the government's efforts to sow hatred in our community towards Armenians. Most Talysh people are dissatisfied with this situation.

On the one hand, the government of Azerbaijan suppresses freedom of speech. On the other hand, it is exploited by those with close ties to the government to present as if there is hatred of Armenians among the Talysh.

We call on the Azerbaijani government to finally end its policy of sowing hatred. We urge the Talysh not to engage in hate speech. We urge them to refrain from participating in clashes. We have never been an opponent of any people in our history; we will continue this path.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030492.html


Azerbaijan's use of illegal cluster bomb on civilians

The Telegraph: "Azerbaijan dropping cluster bombs on civilian areas in war with Armenia." The Daily Telegraph saw evidence of the banned munitions' use in the capital of Karabakh.

The munitions, which scatter tiny bomblets over a wide area, are banned under a global treaty because of the risk they pose to civilians, especially children.

On a downtown street full of shops and housing blocks, large quantities of the bomblets - small cylindrical tubes about the size of a film can - were left scattered on the concrete. Several had failed to explode, posing an ongoing risk to passers-by.

More: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/05/azerbaijan-dropping-cluster-bombs-civilian-areas-war-armenia/


Russian journalists run for cover and record the moment the rocket hits the ground capital Stepanakert (1:39 mark).

"There are no military objects here. It's downtown. Only civilian shops and districts. A mine's tail was left on a balcony. Lots of damage."

https://youtu.be/c9VCbx6vSrM?t=98


the 1,500 Syrian jihadists

Foreign Policy writes: Turkey has sent ~1,500 Syrian mercenaries to Azerbaijan after 5-60 day training, according to our source. They went from Syria to Gaziantep, Turkey on September 25th.

They were offered $1,500/mo to sign a 4-month contract. Now, many regret signing it after learning about the death of 55 mercenaries. (learn to code then). They were mislead about being sent to guard facilities.

"There is no communication between us and the Azerbaijani forces," one of the militants based in the Barda region of Azerbaijan told Foreign Policy. "All militants are dissatisfied with the situation in Azerbaijan. The psychological atmosphere is very difficult."

The arrival of 55 corpses near Aleppo village was tragic. They hadn't seen anything like that before. Turkey will pay $7,800 to the families of the deceased.

https://news.am/arm/news/606380.html

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"Syrian fighters in Idlib expressing dissatisfaction of others leave for Azerbaijan, while they as they claim it, have a lot to do in Idlib. They are also sorry for some 50 of them killed."

Video: https://twitter.com/ASBMilitary/status/1313478993954459649

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Another 40 bodies of mercenaries killed in Azerbaijan, are taken to Syria. Another 50 were taken on October 4th.

https://twitter.com/517design/status/1313483386388963328

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WarGonzo military journalists have learned that Azerbaijan plans to import 1,000 additional mercenaries from Pakistan/Afghanistan. The source claims it's due to the Azeri army's inability to complete the task when it comes to face-to-face fight. "Aliyev has also failed to keep the promisee he gave to Erdogan about finishing it with blitzkriegg."

https://t.me/wargonzo/3640

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almasdarnews: Hundreds of Syrian mercenaries head to Azerbaijan to replace lost fighters

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/hundreds-of-syrian-mercenaries-head-to-azerbaijan-to-replace-lost-fighters-report/


the fight against terrorism

Artsakh government plans to creature a coalition to fight terrorism. The Artsakh Parliament has contacted Iran to create a joint task-force "to locate and destroy the terrorists".

"Terrorists fight against our homeland already disguised under the flag of a UN member state Azerbaijan, in the regular army of Azerbaijan. Everyone saw and recorded the entry of the global jihadist network into Azerbaijan. This terrorist cell is being fed by Turkey.

As the president of a state fighting for its independence, I call on the civilized world to take an active part in this struggle. Creating an effective and efficient global anti-terrorist coalition is imperative today. I am sure the victory will be ours," said Artsakh president Arayik Harutyunyan.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030620.html , https://news.am/arm/news/606431.html

Sometime before or after: President of Iran Rouhani spoke with Ilham Aliyev and informed him that Iran is concerned with the involvement of "third countries" in this conflict and the disability in its northern borders which could open the doors for terrorists.

https://news.am/arm/news/606430.html


a few more things from yesterday

Artsakh President Arayik: yet another day with a stable success in the front. The army has accomplished the task brilliantly and is currently successfully defending in the air and land while inflicting heavy losses on them.

This was the reason why the Azeri army fired over 100 Smerch missiles on the capital Stepanakert.

I was also informed that the diaspora has already donated $50m. Thank you. We will restore the ruins after our victory. This unity of ours is proof that Azerbaijan has already lost.

https://news.am/arm/news/606250.html

Rapper The Game also published an Instagram video in support of Armenia. "Share your voice. End global terrorism." Another rapper Xzibit shared a similar post yesterday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-LdevH1vp/


October 6th begins

8:25 WarGonzo from Stepanakert: a surprisingly calm morning. Usually, they'd bomb by 6:30 am. Even the siren didn't go off.

9:15 WarGonzo: Okay, the sirens have just gone off again to warn against incoming bombs. Cluster bombs were dropped on Stepanakert

https://youtu.be/x72664SEzao

https://t.me/sashakots/17181 , https://t.me/wargonzo/3635

WarGonzo crew went to southern Hadrut city to record videos:

https://youtu.be/nmzZ6I-3B6k

8:47: the Armenian Cultural Center in Athens, Greece has organized recruitment of volunteers willing to fly and join the army. The Assembly of Armenians of Europe has welcomed the effort.

"The Armenian people have always been peace-loving, but when the enemy declares war and leaves no other choice, we have to volunteer for the army of freedom and justice from all over the world."

https://news.am/arm/news/606263.html

Donations: www.himnadram.org

8:51 Artsakh prez. spokesman: Good morning. We are strong and powerful. Long live the collective will and power of the Armenian people, before whom the crushed Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem will soon bow.

https://factor.am/291496.html

9:06: ANCA chairman Raffi Hambarian has contacted the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and asked to suspend the drone sales to Azerbaijan, citing their use against the civilian population.

https://news.am/arm/news/606267.html

9:18 Artsakh president: Last night, the front line was generally stable. The army continues to perform its combat mission brilliantly and professionally.

All levels of government are effective at doing their job. Both in the rear and on the front line, everyone is well aware of what to do. The victory will be ours, rest assured.

https://t.me/infocomm/22292

10:24: the railway company and the Armenian embassy in Georgia deny reports about facing issues while importing fuel through Georgia.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030506.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030535.html

11:15 army: Azerbaijan has lost 3,454 soldiers (KIA), 4 Smerch, 379 tanks and armored vehicles, 17 aircraft, 16 helicopters, 125 drones, etc.

https://news.am/arm/news/606293.html

11:26 Healthcare Minister: almost all of the wounds are from shrapnel caused by a bomb explosion. There will be a new hotline to allow families to find the location and details of their relatives. Most wounds are light or medium degree.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030516.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030521.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030524.html

12:27: Syrian president Assad has accused Erdogan of organizing and encouraging the latest conflict in Artsakh. "We can confirm that Turkey sent Syrian jihadists to Karabakh. Erdogan supports terrorists."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030522.html , https://youtu.be/M2cvo-vk1zw

12:41 Artsakh Parliament Speaker: Aliyev's plan to drink tea in Stepanakert and Shushi after a blitzkrieg has failed. He is no longer in charge in his country; the war is managed by Turkey.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030526.html

13:45 MoD of Armenia: the govt of Azerbaijan continues to lie to its people and the world about us allegedly shelling them from the Republic of Armenia territories. It's a propaganda tool used as a pretense to resume their attacks.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030536.html

14:04: the army published 21 names of soldiers who died in battles. The total confirmed is 240.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030540.html

14:53: soldiers sent a video from the front.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030549.html

15:08 Artsakh govt: the Army has inflicted new losses on the enemy troops in all directions. We have some positional success.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030554.html

16:03: Pashinyan visited Artsakh to hold a meeting with the Artsakh president and army leaders. "We discussed the plan to destroy the new terrorist cell in the region," said president Arayik.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030561.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030603.html

16:27: Azeris resumed the large scale operations in the south, involving large reserves and heavy equipment. "They are also ignoring the safety of Iranian territories."

Army: Welcome to Hell. We are methodically destroying the opponent's capabilities.

MFA: this attack is happening while Turkish MFA is in Baku, and just hours after OSCE released a statement calling for a ceasefire. All the responsibility of consequences is on the Azeri govt shoulders.

Army: explain this to the terrorists. The area near Araks river is flat plains, while our soldiers are mountain eagles. A lizard cannot defeat an eagle. (he means Azeris can easily crawl along the furthest southern border but up north they'll face Armenians on higher grounds. Azeris have captured some territories in the south since the war began.)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030566.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030567.html , https://news.am/arm/news/606377.html , https://news.am/arm/news/606392.html

16:28 Head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Narishkin: Turkey made an open and unequivocal support for Azerbaijan. In addition, the armed confrontation in Karabakh attracts the militants of various international terrorist organizations.

We have intel about the involvement of thousands of terrorists from several cells. Al Nusra terrorists are also being deployed there.

This is concerning because they could enter other neighboring countries including Russia.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030565.html , https://twitter.com/MuradGazdiev/status/1313437041775071233

WarGonzo reports that Russia plans to conduct airstrikes against the Syrian jihadist cells in northern Syria. Among them will be the ones that sent mercenaries to Karabakh.

Yesterday we learned that an insider exposed the location of these jihadists to a Syrian govt agent, who then presumably passed the info to the Russian air force. There is a $300 bounty on exposing the cell locations.

https://news.am/arm/news/606397.html

16:54: the shelling of capital Stepanakert has resumed.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030572.html

16:58 Artsakh govt: Azeris sustained heavy losses. Their large assault in the south is their last effort to gain some results.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030574.html

17:36: an Azeri drone has allegedly emergency-landed on Iranian territory in the south.

Video: https://t.me/infoteka24/8131

17:43 QP MP Alen: Azerbaijan has no major strategic victories. I want the Azeri public to know that they're being lied to. We get the impression that Azeri soldiers are being thrown into a meat grinder so that Aliyev can post a photo on the internet. Azerbaijan will ask for a ceasefire, while Aliyev will flee and leave the public in poverty.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030582.html

17:55 political expert: Azerbaijan has lost most of whatever equipment they collected in the past 30 years. With oil prices remaining low, the chances of them repeating this, at least in the near future, are low.

https://youtu.be/Zgsdbu8uToE

18:00: one of the Smerch missiles fired by Azerbaijan exploded near the Red Cross office in capital Stepanakert.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030589.html

Artsakh govt: The shelling of Stepanakert by the enemy will receive a proportionate response. We won't target civilians... Our missile strikes on enemy military facilities located in major cities are not yet subject to publication. We'll publish a whole list after the war.

As a result of our strikes, not only have large enemy reserve forces been destroyed, but there have been long traffic jams on the highways to Baku for two days now. (civilians moving away from areas with military objects)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030580.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030583.html

18:29: NSS warns citizens not to answer unknown calls/SMS claiming to be surveys, and to avoid falling victim to fake news.

To gather more info, the NSS contacted a certain "journalist named Artyom Khachatryan" who took a report from an Azeri outlet and reprinted it as a fact. The reporter later claimed it was an opinion piece.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030595.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030605.html

19:22 video of elder volunteers in front: "we knew the spirit would be so high but didn't suspect it would be this much. We came here to encourage the boys, but it's them who began reassuring us."

Among them are female mortar operators.

https://youtu.be/zDd0QDTrmdk

19:27 ethnic Yezidi MP Bakoyan: I am glad that Yezidi and Armenian Diasporas are working together. I urge you to continue to provide financial support. (www.HimnaDram.org)

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030606.html

19:32: ARF party is uring the govt to reduce cooperation with NATO if they're unable to restrain their member Turkey.

https://news.am/arm/news/606414.html

19:44: the European Court for Human Rights has approved the second petition filed by Armenia. This one requires Turkey not to target Armenian civilians (Turkish air force helped Azeris to bomb settlements).

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030610.html

19:53: MFAs of Russia and Iran discussed the conflict.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030611.html

20:13: Azerbaijan's govt-run Haqqin outlet published two separate fake stories about Armenians admitting to targeting civilians (mistranslation), and allegedly killing Kurdish mercenary fighters in Karabakh (they are Armenian).

https://twitter.com/517design/status/1313512811922948097 , https://twitter.com/oryxspioenkop/status/1313519170978566144

21:09 army: yesterday, Azeris lost 300 soldiers (KIA), 2 helicopters, 11 armored vehicles, 2 drones. Data on today's losses will be available tomorrow.

Stepanakert's civilian infrastructure was bombed this morning. There were casualties.

Fierce battles resumed in the south today. They launched an attack along the Araks River.

https://youtu.be/HhSAJ6FiBEA?t=429 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030619.html

22:06: photos showing the damage done to city Shushi after Azerbaijan's indiscriminate fire at civilians.

https://news.am/arm/news/606445.html

22:10: Artsakh war veteran and politician Vahan Badasyan was wounded in the front lines. Condition stable-serious.

https://medialab.am/100295/

Former SOC chief David Sanasaryan will join the front. "My service in the rear is complete."

https://factor.am/291773.html

23:54: Armenia and Artsakh have denied the Azeri claims that the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline was targeted. "This is false information with which Azerbaijan is trying to mislead the international community."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030634.html

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A military expert explains the current situation in the front lines: https://youtu.be/AKuDshp_654


the international community

Iran's Ayatollah's Foreign adviser: The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, two neighboring countries of Iran, and the emergence of some events, including the involvement of the Zionist regime, Turkey and Takfiri terrorists in this war, as well as regular shootings and shelling on Iranian territory in this battle, are worrying. It should be stopped as soon as possible

https://news.am/arm/news/606341.html

Cyprus plans to pass a resolution in support of the Artsakh population.

https://news.am/arm/news/606344.html

Daily Mail: "Azerbaijani forces are using banned cluster bombs on their Armenia enemies as sides battle over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, western journalists confirm"

Small un-detonated bomblets have been seen littering the streets of Stepanakert following heavy shelling by Azerbaijani forces

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8808567/Azerbaijani-forces-using-banned-cluster-bombs-Armenia-enemies.html

Members of the Italian Lega party held a protest in support of Armenia. Among the attendees were a Rome municipality adviser, Lega's leader in Rome's municipality council, a Senator, and others. They condemned Turkey, Azerbaijan, and called for the independence of Karabakh.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030556.html

Armenians held a march in Milan:

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030616.html

Wall Street Journal: Can Anyone Stop the Caucasus Clash? Turkey bets that the West and Russia will sit idle as Nagorno-Karabakh burns.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-anyone-stop-the-caucasus-clash-11601938812

German outlets Zeit, Welt, Tagesschau, n-tv, and others covered the topic and mentioned Turkey's involvement in the conflict, the use of F-16, and Azerbaijan's shelling of civilian population. Speigel mentioned Pashinyan's accusations that 150 Turkish commanders are leading the Azeri army actions.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030542.html

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff: The United States should review its relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey. The American people must understand what is at stake when the people of Artsakh are killed, when civilian settlements are bombed and shelled by Azeris, and all this, with the help of Turkey, threatens all our freedoms.

https://news.am/arm/news/606296.html

PACE has reminded that by becoming members, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to settle things peacefully. They condemned Turkey's provocative rhetoric. "This war is threatening the region."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030599.html

European Parliament MP Lars Patrick Berg has joined colleagues and called for "Azerbaijan to withdraw its troops and seek a constructive dialogue within the OSCE... The Turkish intervention emboldened Azerbaijan. According to reliable information, Turkey has sent Syrian militants to support the Azerbaijani army."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030490.html

The "Jerusalem Post: Erdogan's Turkey: Drunk on power." The raging conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh has given Turkey another opportunity to expand its violent, imperialist tendencies. In fact, the sudden outbreak of violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan is more than likely orchestrated in part by Erdogan.

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/erdogans-turkey-is-drunk-on-power-644671

https://factor.am/291758.html

La lettre A French paper: Azerbaïdjan-Arménie : la bataille d'influence gagne peu à peu les élus

https://www.lalettrea.fr/action-publique_lobbying/2020/10/05/azerbaidjan-armenie--la-bataille-d-influence-gagne-peu-a-peu-les-elus,109611208-ge0 , https://news.am/arm/news/606330.html

The French city of Valance will provide medical supplies to the Artsakh population. "For 8 days, our friendly country, Armenia, is in a critical geopolitical situation."

https://news.am/arm/news/606333.html

President Sarkissian to CNN: If the international community does not stop Turkey, the Caucasus may turn into a new Syria, then may God save Europe and Central Asia.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030487.html

Nikola Aznavour sent a letter to Emmanuel Macron, asking France to officially recognize the independence of the Artsakh Republic so it can use its international rights. He also urged sanctions against Azerbaijan and Turkey.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030503.html

UFC champion Ronda Rousey: Armenia and Artsakh are under attack. Raise awareness and demand that the leadership of your countries condemn the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan. They want to expel Armenians from their historical homeland Artsakh.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030571.html

Russian-Armenian TV host Tina Kandelaki shared the video of Stepanakert's indiscriminate bombardment. "This is the war until the victorious end. A war that needs to stop now."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197835

The Canberra Times wrote about a rally organized by the Australian-Armenian community in front of Azerbaijan's embassy.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030551.html

Armenians of Javakh, Georgia organized a rally.

https://youtu.be/9RMSSYYN7R8?t=7


people continue to donate

An Indian-owned family restaurant "Mehak" is helping Artsakh residents with free food. The owner says he's willing to fight if necessary.

https://youtu.be/Xm6FtMrPvyI

https://twitter.com/Lev_Zeppelin/status/1313208359378513920?s=20

13 tons of various aid was sent to Armenia from France. "We promised never to leave Armenia and Artsakh. I confirm that," said Laurent Wauquiez, the head of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

https://factor.am/291693.html

Armenian communities in Germany, Jerusalem, Chechia, and other places have organized donation campaigns.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030590.html

Yerevan volunteers collecting humanitarian aid for Artsakh residents and soldiers:

https://youtu.be/tUPw9ixKFfE?t=42

www.himnadram.org has so far received $69m. 96 is the same as 69 but reversed, FYI.

https://www.himnadram.org/en


here we go again

Actress Penelope Cruz has a new movie coming out in which she features the Colombian flag behind her. Colombian flag is the Armenian flag upside down.

As always, some Azeri social media users confused the two flags and thought Penelope joined the Armenian cause. Angry replies ensued:

https://twitter.com/Zinvor/status/1313277133549121538?s=20


Parliament approved a few bills

Parliament voted 99-1 to approve a govt bill that expands the powers of the Nature Inspection Agency. It'll be allowed to suspend company operations without a court order if there is evidence of harm to nature.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030512.html

Parliament voted 100-0 to extend the law that provides various subsidies to residents living near borders. The amended law also covers the damage caused by Azerbaijan's shelling.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1030513.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/j6d5y6/oct62020_wrapup_war_in_karabakh_artsakh_media/?

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