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Oct 20 07:24

Nagorno-Karabakh Leader Accuses Israel of Supporting ‘Genocide’

Since fighting broke out between Armenian forces and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, other countries have been accused of fueling the conflict by supplying Baku with weapons. The leader of the enclave took things a bit further and accused Israel of supporting a “genocide” against his people.

In a speech last week, the ethnic Armenian leader of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, said Israel is “responsible for the genocide in Karabakh.” Israel and Azerbaijan are major trading partners, and it is estimated that Israel supplies Baku with 60 percent of its arms.

When the clashes first broke out, an assistant to the president of Azerbaijan said the Azeri military is using Israeli-made attack drones in Nagorno-Karabakh. Amnesty International identified Israeli-made cluster bombs in footage of Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital that appeared to be fired by Azerbaijan into residential areas.

Oct 20 06:34

Live Updates: Azerbaijan Claims to Have Destroyed 4 Armenian S-300s in Karabakh Flare-up

No air raid sirens and no explosions were heard in the capital of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh) during the night or in the early hours of Tuesday, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

The foreign minister of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), Masis Mayilyan, attended a meeting with diplomats of foreign states accredited in Armenia and called on them to recognise the independence of the NKR, the NKR Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

On 9 October, talks were held in Moscow between the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia with the aim of reaching a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement.

The Moscow meeting resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force on 10 October but failed to hold. A new truce has since been agreed upon. It came into effect at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, 17 October, but both sides have been reporting violations.

Oct 19 10:22

"Brutal War Of Attrition": Latest Armenia-Azerbaijan Truce Broke Down Within Hours

A tenuous ceasefire took effect Saturday night between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces - the second ceasefire since the start of the conflict in the disputed autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh last month.

But the truce had crumbled a mere few hours in, with the resumption of full fighting and artillery fire by early Sunday morning, and both sides blaming the other for breaking it.

The prior weekend a Russia-brokered temporary ceasefire held long enough for the Red Cross and other emergency responders to gather bodies of the deceased, but then shelling resumed also hours after.

Oct 19 07:05

America Is Complicit, as Yemen Spirals toward Mass Starvation

There already is widespread malnutrition in Yemen, fueled by the war and more recently by the economic downturn of the coronavirus pandemic.

The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen largely stems from the war on that country launched in 2015 by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which is backed to the hilt by the Trump administration. This is an American war, and Americans have Yemeni blood on their hands. A third of Yemen’s infrastructure has been destroyed, mostly by Saudi and UAE air strikes, and over 100,000 have been killed.

The United Arab Emirates, led by Mohammed Bin Zayed, is giving nothing to aid Yemen this year, despite its invasion having caused many of the problems the country is facing. The Saudis and Kuwaitis were also called out by Lowcock, and they did proffer new donations, with Kuwait offering $20 million. But the aid effort has fallen from being funded at over 60% of requested contributions to only 42%.

Oct 19 07:04

Video: Azerbaijani Successes in Karabakh Conflict Come Together with War Crimes

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have been developing their advance on Armenian positions in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. As in the previous several days, the main clashes are taking place in the southern part of Karabakh.

As of October 16, Azerbaijani forces finally took full control of the town of Hadrat and started an operation to push the remaining Armenian units out of the town’s surroundings. Despite this, Armenian forces still conduct regular counter-attacks attempting to force the Azerbaijani military to retreat from their recently captured positions.

Azerbaijani troops also seized the villages of Arish in the Fuzuli district, Doshulu in the Jabrayil district and the villages of Edishe, Dudukchi, Edilli and Chiraguz in the Khojavend district. Earlier this week, Azerbaijan captured Garadaghli, Melikjanli, Garakollu, Bulutan, Tagaser, Khatunbulag, Kemertuk and Teke. Thus, Armenian forces lost at least 15 towns and settlements during this week of clashes.

Oct 19 06:54

Live Updates: Russia Working With Yerevan, Baku on Improving Karabakh Ceasefire, Lavrov Says

Earlier, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said that Yerevan will recognise the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh if it sees that Azerbaijan is refusing to comply with agreements made during peaceful negotiations.

Last week, talks were held between the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia with the aim of reaching a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement. The Moscow meeting resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force on 10 October. However, the ceasefire did not hold. A new truce has since been agreed upon. It came into effect at midnight, local time, on Saturday, 17 October (20:00 GMT), but both sides have reported violations.

Oct 19 06:24

A Geopolitical Time Bomb In Europe

In a week when several major oil and gas reports were released, most notably the IEA World Energy Outlook 2020 and OPEC’s World Oil Outlook, a regional conflict is now on the brink of spiraling out of control.

The toxic combination of a military confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, supported by Turkey and Russia respectively, and the confrontational stance that Ankara is taking in the East Med conflict are threatening to upend European energy supplies.

Oct 19 06:10

At Stepanakert cemetery, mothers weep for sons lost in Karabakh fighting

Kneeling beside Tigran Petrosyan's body draped in the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh, his mother pressed her cheek to his face one last time.

"My son, how are you... my son, how are you," she repeated, her voice shaking and her eyes filled with tears.

Petrosyan was a 26-year-old police officer in , the main city in this disputed region, before joining Armenian separatist forces battling with Azerbaijan for control of the mountainous province.

He was killed on Thursday in a drone strike on his vehicle as he headed to fight in the Hadrut area on the south of the frontline.

Oct 19 06:08

Three-year-old loses whole family in missile attack on Azeri city

A mother and her 16-month-old daughter have been buried in the same grave after a missile attack on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja that killed at least 13 civilians, as fighting intensifies over the disputed of Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Zuleykha Shahnazarova and her daughter Madina Shahnazarli were killed overnight on Saturday, along with the father of the family, Royal Shahnazarov.

The couple’s other daughter, three-year-old Khadija Shahnazarli, survived the attack and was being treated in a hospital in the nearby city of Barda.

Oct 18 21:14

Defense Minister says Iran will sell weapons to countries despised by US

"...Iran’s defense minister says the country is going to support the countries that seek to defend their existence now that the UN Security Council’s restrictions on Tehran’s arms trade are lifted.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iran will sell arms to the countries despised by the Americans if they ask for it..."

Oct 18 06:45

Iran Threatens Response To Errant Missiles On Its Territory From Nagorno-Karabkh Conflict

Iran has warned both Azerbaijan and Armenia over multiple instances of errant missiles landing within Iranian territory amid fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region. Both countries share a border with Iran's northern provinces, and in some cases fighting has been so close to Iran's border than Iranian citizens are close enough to watch the battle unfold before their eyes.

On Thursday Iran's state media reported a major incident wherein at least 10 missiles landed to two Iranian villages of Khudaferin district. Iran's IRNA said one missile struck a house, injuring a civilian. Iran's foreign ministry promptly warned both sides of the war that harm to its citizens is a "red line" for which the Islamic Republic would respond.

Oct 18 06:37

Millions of Yemenis lose access to aid amid funding shortfall, UN says

A shortage of funds has meant four million Yemenis have lost access to aid, the United Nations humanitarian chief has said, warning that the “window to prevent famine” is closing in the war-torn country.

Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council on Thursday that aid agencies had just 42 percent of their programmes funded in Yemen, meaning key services were being axed.

Aid agencies are helping nine million people a month in Yemen, down from 13 million at the start of the year, Mr Lowcock said.

Oct 18 06:26

War in Nagorno-Karabakh Is a Gamechanger in Russian-Turkish Relations

After Turkey downed a Russian jet operating in Syria in late 2015, there was a major risk that the Syrian War could explode into a greater conflict between the two Eurasian countries. The Turkish attack resulted in the death of two Russian servicemen and relations between Moscow and Ankara were again tested in December 2016 when Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by off-duty police officer Mevlüt Mert Alt?nta?. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the explanation from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdo?an that the assassination was not ordered by the state, Nordic Monitor has published compelling evidence that Alt?nta? had strong connections to the so-called Turkish deep state. Despite these major setbacks in Russian-Turkish relations, by the end of 2017 the two countries signed a $2.5 billion agreement for Turkey to acquire the Russian-made S-400 air defence system, considered the most sophisticated of its kind in the world.

Oct 17 11:53

Iran Ready for Arms Trade as Clock Ticking for Embargo Lifting

"...The spokesperson for Iran’s UN mission voiced the country’s readiness to begin arms trade with the friends as soon as a decade-old arms embargo on Tehran is removed on Sunday.

“Iran has many friends and trading partners, and has a robust domestic arms industry to ensure its defense requirements against foreign aggression,” Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek in an interview published on Friday..."

Oct 17 08:22

Russia holds Caspian Sea military drills amid Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Moscow has said its maneuvers in the Caspian Sea are not a sign that it intends to interfere between the warring nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region flared up last month.

Oct 17 08:19

EU gives Turkey until early December to de-escalate, chairman says

European Union leaders regret Turkey’s decision to send a natural gas exploration ship to contested waters in the Mediterranean, the bloc’s chairman said on Friday, reiterating that the EU would consider its options in December.

“We plan a summit in December. And we have planned, indeed, to tackle again and to assess the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and in Turkey,” European Council President Charles Michel told a news conference after an EU summit in Brussels.

“We deplore the unilateral actions and provocations by Turkey,” Michel said.

Oct 17 08:13

Turkish and Israeli Weapons Fueling Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Weapons-makers — aka merchants of death and mass destruction — fuel conflicts when occur.

The US by far dominates the global arms trade.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US accounted for 36% of major conventional weapons sales from 2015 – 2019.

Throughout most of the post-WW II period, the US dominated the global arms market.

Arms and security expert William Hartung explained that for 25 of the past 26 years, “the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments in near monopolistic fashion.”

Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries are major buyers of US arms.

In areas where large amounts of heavy weapons are sold, wars often follow.

Oct 17 08:08

Scenario Forecasting: What Could a Russian Intervention in Nagorno-Karabakh Look Like?

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s suggestion to deploy Russian peacekeepers and military observers into the universally recognized Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding districts under Armenian occupation pending both sides’ agreement raises the prospect of Moscow’s military intervention in this conflict, which is worthwhile examining since this scenario isn’t as far-fetched as some might think.

Oct 17 07:46

Death, destruction after missiles hit Azerbaijan's second city of Ganja

A missile strike has leveled a row of homes in Azerbaijan's second largest city of Ganja, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 40 people in their sleep in a sharp escalation of the conflict over Karabakh.

The Azeri Prosecutor General's office said the assault took place in the early hours of Saturday as two missiles hit apartment buildings in central Ganja, causing severe damage.

AFP said its team in Ganja had seen rows of houses turned to rubble by the strike, which shattered the walls and ripped the roofs off buildings in the surrounding streets.

"People ran outside in shock and tears, stumbling through dark muddy alleys in their slippers, some wearing bathroom robes and pyjamas," it reported.

Azerbaijan's presidential aide, Hikmet Hajiyev, censured in a series of tweets the missile attack and underlined that at least 20 buildings have been destroyed by Armenia's missiles, which he said were of the Scud series.

Oct 17 07:28

Full Interview: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is Liberation War for Azerbaijan, President Aliyev Says

Hostilities have been going on in Nagorno-Karabakh since late September. Though a ceasefire deal was reached in Moscow between the conflicting parties, it's not observed. Sputnik Head Dmitry Kiselev held parallel interviews with the Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders, where they were asked the same questions and given equal time.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told Dmitry Kiselev about his assessment of the current situation in the region, as well as about the losses of the parties to the conflict and whether it is true that Syrian and Libyan mercenaries are fighting for Azerbaijan.

He also explained Baku’s position on the basic principles of the resolution, as well as where reconciliation should start. Aliyev shared Azerbaijan’s vision of a compromise on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and spoke about the red lines, which the country would never cross. The Azerbaijani President also shared his opinion on whether Azerbaijanis and Armenians can coexist peacefully.

Oct 17 07:27

Full Interview: Turkey is the Main Sponsor of Nagorno-Karabakh War, Armenian PM Pashinyan Says

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which escalated at the end of September, has reportedly claimed several hundred lives. Despite the reached agreement mediated by Russia, there is no sustainable truce yet. Sputnik head Dmitry Kiselev spoke with both Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in parallel interviews.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan explained in an interview to Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev how he sees the situation, the number of casualties Yerevan has taken and commented on the presence of foreign mercenaries in the region. He also spoke about who is behind the current aggravation of the conflict and why, what compromises the Armenian side is ready to make and what it will not accept under any circumstances.

Oct 17 07:12

Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey Instigates An Old War With Older Ambitions

For more than ten hours, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov presided over tough and grueling negotiations between Armenian foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhun Bayramov. The talks focused on ending the recent war over the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (known by Armenians as Artsakh). They resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire and a commitment to further peace talks. It seemed to be a remarkable feat for Moscow’s veteran diplomat. At the time of this writing, the ceasefire has “largely held,” albeit by a thread.

Oct 16 11:59

AZERBAIJANI SUCCESSES IN KARBAKH CONFLICT COME TOGETHER WITH WAR CRIMES

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have been developing their advance on Armenian positions in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. As in the previous several days, the main clashes are taking place in the southern part of Karabakh.

As of October 16, Azerbaijani forces finally took full control of the town of Hadrat and started an operation to push the remaining Armenian units out of the town’s surroundings. Despite this, Armenian forces still conduct regular counter-attacks attempting to force the Azerbaijani military to retreat from their recently captured positions.

Azerbaijani troops also seized the villages of Arish in the Fuzuli district, Doshulu in the Jabrayil district and the villages of Edishe, Dudukchi, Edilli and Chiraguz in the Khojavend district. Earlier this week, Azerbaijan captured Garadaghli, Melikjanli, Garakollu, Bulutan, Tagaser, Khatunbulag, Kemertuk and Teke. Thus, Armenian forces lost at least 15 towns and settlements during this week of clashes.

Oct 16 05:23

Jews Are Enabling Genocide Against Armenian Christians In Nagorno-Karabakh

The spiraling conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh has suddenly intensified.

Nagorno-Karabakh is technically part of Azerbaijan, but its population is 99% Armenian Christian and has its own local military, which is backed by the Armenian state. The Azeri government seeks to assert full control over the region and violently evict its native population.

The alliances in the war are counter-intuitive. Azerbaijan is majority Shi’ite Muslim and a former Soviet Republic, but it is controlled by a Jewish billionaire class which is backed by Turkey, Israel and even Al Qaeda.

Armenia on the other hand is an ancient Christian civilization.. Since the 1990s, Iran, despite being Shi’ite as well, has served as an aggressive defender of the Armenian people.

Oct 16 05:20

Exclusive: Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says Armenian PM Pashinyan is a Product of George Soros

In an exclusive parallel interview with Sputnik, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have addressed the most pressing issues regarding the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Both leaders were given an equal amount of time and identical questions.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev expressed his belief in an interview with Sputnik that Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was a product of US billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, known for his generous donations to political causes.

Oct 15 12:48

WAR IN KARABAKH: TURKISH PROXIES ARE ALLEGEDLY TOO SCARED TO FIGHT ARMENIANS

About 1,000 members of Syrian militant groups deployed by Turkey to support the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have laid down their arms and refused to participate in hostilities, Armenian media outlets and military-affiliated sources claimed. They insist that Syrian militants were just used as cannon fodder and did not receive their promised money. According to sources loyal to the Syrian opposition, the number of Turkish proxies that died in the war with Armenia has exceeded 110.

Earlier, reports appeared from Syrian sources , claiming that about 400 members of Turkish-backed militant groups deployed in Syria’s northwest had refused to go to Azerbaijan. At least 16 of them were arrested by the so-called Hamza Division for complaining too much and for leaking information to the public.

Oct 15 09:07

Bully-boy minister’s Christmas message to UK universities: Adopt anti-Semitism definition that’s “too vague to be useful”, or I’ll axe your funding!

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance of Gavin Williamson, an Israel pimp serving as UK Education Secretary, who has threatened to cut the funding of universities that do not succumb to the Zionist definition of “anti-Semitism” – contrary to legal advice and the UK government’s own rules.>>

Oct 15 05:49

Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Escalates, Death Toll Rises

Violence continued in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday as the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan shows no sign of waning, despite a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreed to last week.

In a sign that the conflict is widening, Azerbaijan admitted to launching airstrikes inside Armenia to take out missiles allegedly used to target civilian areas in Azerbaijan. Baku’s defense ministry said it had destroyed a rocket system and a ballistic missile system in Armenia in separate attacks overnight on Wednesday.

Armenia’s defense ministry confirmed areas inside the country were hit and denied that it has been firing inside Azerbaijan. Throughout the fighting, Baku has accused Armenian forces of targeting Ganja, a city deep inside Azerbaijan.

Oct 15 05:49

Azerbaijan bought $77m worth of arms from Turkey a month before fighting

Azerbaijan bought $77m worth of arms from Turkey a month before fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, with Turkish arms sales to Baku increasing sixfold this year, according to export data.

Data compiled by the Turkish Exports Assembly, which groups more than 95,000 exporting companies in 61 sectors, shows that Azerbaijan bought $123m worth of defence and aviation equipment from Turkey in the first nine months of 2020, the Reuters news agency reported.

Turkish arms sold to Azerbaijan included drones, rocket launchers, ammunition and other weapons that arrived after July, when border clashes that broke out between Armenian and Azeri forces prompted Turkey and Azerbaijan to conduct joint military exercises.

Oct 15 05:33

Azerbaijan Says Hit Missile Launch Sites in Armenia

Azerbaijan said Wednesday it had destroyed missile launch sites in Armenia that were being used to target civilian areas during the fighting over Nagorno Karabakh.

Armenia’s defense ministry confirmed that areas inside the country had been targeted, denied its forces were firing into Azerbaijan, and said it now felt justified in targeting military positions inside Azerbaijan.

It appeared to be the first time Azerbaijan claimed to have hit targets inside Armenia itself since heavy fighting broke out last month between Azerbaijani forces and Armenia-backed separatists in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

Oct 15 05:25

Nagorno-Karabakh Updates: Baku Claims Its Drones Destroyed Armenian Military Equipment Worth $1 Bln

Following talks in Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to implement a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting on 10 October, in order to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed during the conflict. However, both nations have repeatedly accused each other of attacks and provocations along the line of contact.

The decades-old standoff between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as the Republic of Artsakh) escalated on 27 September, with both Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of sparking military hostilities.

Russia, France, the US, and other countries have urged the sides to the conflict to return to negotiations. The Turkish authorities, on the other hand, have backed Baku, saying that Ankara is ready to assist Azerbaijan "both in talks and in combat".

Oct 14 12:18

AZERBAIJAN STRIKES BALLISTIC MISSILE SITES IN ARMENIA AMID HADRAT STANDOFF

On October 14, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that its forces had conducted strikes on Armenian operational-tactical ballistic missile systems in the Armenian border area, near the Kalbajar District of the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The Azerbaijani military claimed that the destroyed missiles “were targeted at Ganja, Mingachevir and other cities of Azerbaijan to inflict casualties among the peaceful population and to destroy civilian infrastructure.”

The Armenian Defense Ministry confirmed the strikes denying any casualties and threatening Azerbaijan with retaliatory strikes on military targets inside the country. “From now on, the Armed Forces of Armenia reserve the right to attack any military object or military movement in Azerbaijan. The military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the process of changing the logic of the combat actions,” the defense ministry spokesperson said.

Oct 14 06:16

Lavrov Calls for Deployment of Russian Peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh as Tensions Escalate

Earlier in the day, the Armenian Defence Ministry said that it "reserves the right" to attack any military facility in Azerbaijan after saying that Baku had hit military equipment on Armenian territory.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday announced that it would be right to put Russian military observers along the line of control in Karabakh in order to ensure a ceasefire. He noted that the final decision is up to Yerevan and Baku, adding, however, that without a political settlement between the two countries any military solution to the conflict won't work.

Oct 14 06:15

Live Updates: Karabakh Air Defence Units Down Azerbaijani Su-25, Armenian MoD Claims

Last week, after talks mediated by Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, beginning 10 October, in order to exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed during the conflict. However, both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the deal.

The decades-old conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh escalated on 27 September, with both Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of sparking military hostilities.

The international community, including Russia, France, and the US, have urged the sides to the conflict to return to negotiations. Ankara, on the other hand, has voiced support for Baku, saying that it is ready to assist Azerbaijan "both in talks and in combat".

Oct 14 06:03

Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict raises spectre of 'pan-Turkism' in Iran

Fears have grown of unrest among Iran's Azeri minority after the government appeared to shift to a pro-Azerbaijan stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Since the early days of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Iran's government has attempted to portray itself a neutral mediator - a role that it has assumed in past rounds of conflict over the disputed region on the country's northern border.

Saeed Khatibzade, the spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry, has spoken of the necessity of an “immediate ceasefire” before the beginning of new talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Oct 14 06:01

Exiled Yemeni President Rejects UN Peace Deal With Houthis

Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi rejected a peace proposal from UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Monday, according to sources speaking with Arab News.

Sources said the Hadi government would only agree to a deal within the framework of several international agreements, including UN Security Council Resolution 2216. The resolution was passed in April 2015 and says the Hadi government has authority over Yemen and calls for the Houthis to relinquish territory they control.

The details of Griffiths’ proposal are not clear, but a Hadi government official said the exiled president rejected two Houthi demands. According to the official, the Houthis are asking to maintain control of an oil pipeline that runs from the central city of Marib to the western port city of Hodeidah. The Houthis are also requesting that planes from Houthi-controlled airports are exempt from inspections.

Oct 14 05:56

The US Military’s ‘Lessons’ From Nagorno-Karabakh: God Help Us!

It is often said that military leaders tend to train and prepare for the last war. Thus, when the next conflict comes, mistakes are made, early engagements bloody, and sometimes whole wars lost. Each and every time, the past-war preparers styled themselves more forward-thinking than their stale forebears. Yet clinging to the comfort of dogma, doctrine, and experience, these would-be dynamos usually blew it when their generation beat the war drums.

Oct 14 05:54

Nagorno-Karabakh: New weapons for an old conflict spell danger

The new war over Nagorno-Karabakh is a conventional one, being fought by professional armed forces.

But this time, hi-tech 21st-century weaponry has the capacity to make this decades-old conflict more destructive than ever before.

If official battlefield statistics are to be believed, the death toll is staggering. Azerbaijan has yet to confirm the number of its war dead.

Oct 14 05:53

Israeli-US delegation to visit Bahrain on second ‘historic’ flight to ready pact

A joint US-Israel delegation is planning a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates early next week to continue working on implementing normalization agreements with Israel signed in Washington last month.

The delegation is expected to fly from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Manama on Sunday in what would be the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Israel to the Gulf kingdom.

Oct 14 05:47

Video: Azerbaijani Military Destroys Armenian S-300s as Humanitarian Ceasefire Nears Its Collapse

The Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region does not show signs of nearing its end despite the humanitarian ceasefire launched in the region. The ceasefire started in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at 12:00 local time on October 10. The ceasefire deal was reached by the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides following long talks in Moscow a day ago. Russia played a key role in forcing the sides to make steps towards the de-escalation.

Oct 14 00:17

Trump administration pushes the US war on Iran into high gear

"...The Trump administration is pushing the US war on Iran into high gear with these new ramped-up sanctions that are more extreme than just about any sanctions anyone has ever applied anywhere.

These sanctions are now stopping basic medical equipment from getting into Iran such as the Mepilex dressings from Sweden that are used to treat wounds, serious wounds. Apparently, Trump and his Zionist backers want Iranians to be wounded and not to heal. They want to inflict horrific pain on ordinary Iranian people..."

Oct 13 06:26

The human cost of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

On September 27, clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, killing hundreds, injuring hundreds more and displacing thousands.

The disputed territory, home to about 150,000 people, is an ethnic Armenian enclave and is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan by all countries, including Armenia.

But the people of Nagorno-Karabakh – an overwhelming majority of whom are ethnic Armenians, want to govern themselves or to join Armenia, as they once voted to do.

The region broke from Azerbaijan’s control in a war in the 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.

A fragile ceasefire, brokered by Russia, went into effect on Saturday but was almost immediately broken, with both Armenian and Azerbaijan accusing each other of fresh attacks.

Oct 13 06:25

How Azerbaijan Is Lobbying Washington To Sanitize Its War

As conflict heats up over Nagorno-Karabakh, a tiny Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, a covert battle is taking place on Capitol Hill to win the hearts and minds of lawmakers in Washington.

Since hostilities began on September 27, hundreds of lives have been lost as Azerbaijani drones have flown within 20 miles of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, and an Armenian strike was carried out on a military base in Azerbaijan’s second city, Ganja.

“The next targets could be oil and gas facilities in Azerbaijan, or Yerevan and Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku,” reports the New York Times, an escalation with the potential to draw in Turkey, Russia, and Iran on opposing sides.

Well-armed and financed Azerbaijan is receiving assistance from Turkey, an American ally. Turkish drones and jets have been exacting civilian casualties on Armenians, and as TAC previously reported, Armenians are in danger of ethnic cleansing once again.

Oct 13 06:25

Yemen Child Killed, Five Civilians Wounded in Bombardment of Taiz School

A school in Yemen’s Taiz Province was bombarded at least twice on Sunday, leaving at least one child killed and five other civilians wounded. Reports called the attacks an aerial bombardment, though some also mentioned artillery fire on the site.

Officials blamed “mercenaries” for the attacks, which broadly means groups affiliated with the Saudi-led invasion force. There were reportedly two distinct strikes, the first injuring a woman and two children, and the second, less than an hour later, killing a child, injuring a father and son.

Taiz has seen some of the worst fighting in Yemen’s protracted invasion, as it was the route through which the initial invasion of Aden was meant to end up in the capital of Sanaa. Taiz never fell, and has remained contested for years, even as invasion forces tried to find alternate routes to Sanaa.

Oct 13 06:21

Turkey Notifies Russia: Armenia Must Withdraw From 'Occupied Azerbaijani Lands'

Ankara said that the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, stressed during a telephone conversation he had today with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, “the necessity of Armenia’s withdrawal from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.”

The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated, in a statement, that Akar called on Monday with Shoigu, and during the call, “views were exchanged on Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan.”

Oct 12 23:09

Marziyeh Hashemi: Cinema shoulders heavy burden for displaying real face of resistance movement

"...Press TV anchor Marzieh Hashemi said the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani is a special issue for the last year in the world.

Hashemi said the media could play a key role in portraying the oppression of this resistance movement's figure all around the world. She added that the mass media, the cinema, in particular, shoulder a heavy burden in portraying the dimensions of the resistance movement in the world..."

Oct 12 12:21

AZERBAIJANI MILITARY DESTROYS ARMENIAN S-300S AS HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE NEARS ITS COLLAPSE

The Armenian-Azerbaijani war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region does not show signs of nearing its end despite the humanitarian ceasefire launched in the region. The ceasefire started in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at 12:00 local time on October 10. The ceasefire deal was reached by the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides following long talks in Moscow a day ago. Russia played a key role in forcing the sides to make steps towards the de-escalation.

Oct 12 07:07

'We will never leave': Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought over disputed region for decades

The sirens silent for the time being, Vartan Abrahamian, a 53-year-old social worker and retired soldier, returned to seal the broken windows on his home in the capital of this disputed territory.

“We’re used to it. For myself I’m not worried,” Abrahamian said of the hostilities raging once more in Nagorno-Karabakh, the mountainous region tucked between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It lies at the heart of a seething, decades-long fight that began during the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union and that flared up again almost two weeks ago.

Oct 12 07:02

Fighting Rages in Northern Yemen, Both Sides Claim Heavy Losses Inflicted

Fighting continues to rage in northern Yemen this weekend, with the government and the Shi’ite Houthis contesting various parts of the Jawf Province, and both claiming substantial gains, and to have inflicted heavy losses on the other.

It’s not clear that at this point anything substantial really changed hands, as what was reported as Houthi-seized earlier is now being reported as recovered by the government, who says they are hoping to advance into the Hazm District.

The Houthis reported airstrikes hit them in the east of Jawf, a region which tends to be contested. The Saudi use of warplanes has tended to give the government an advantage in several areas, though the Houthis hold on northernmost Yemen makes a lot of these areas very contested.

Oct 12 07:01

Trump’s Planned Sale of F35s to UAE Hits Snag in the Senate

Since Israel’s peace deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a sale of arms, including F35s, to the UAE seemed inevitable. Israel first bristled at this idea, but has recently seemed to tolerate the sale so long as they get free equipment from the US in return.

Nothing’s ever that easy, however, and Senators from both parties, Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), are now resisting the idea, saying they believe the sale doesn’t meet legal requirements to assure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.

Menendez argued that Israel couldn’t be said to retain its edge, in having F35s, if someone else got F35s. That was roughly the argument Israel was making as well, though the fact that the sales went to a nation that they are now friends with seemingly changes things, at least somewhat.

Oct 12 06:59

How Can Americans Support Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of the world afflicted by 20 years of U.S.-led wars and the resulting political, humanitarian and refugee crises, we can’t afford not to pay attention to the dangerous new outbreak of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Oct 12 06:26

Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire in Tatters With Heavy Overnight Shelling

It took a great deal of effort for Russia to bring both sides together for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Pulling them apart was much simpler, and by Sunday the ceasefire was in total tatters, with heavy overnight shelling in civilian populated areas.

It was hardly a shock that this happened, as both sides spent virtually the whole ceasefire claiming violations, and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Bayramov said Saturday he believed it would last just long enough to trade war dead.

It’s not clear that much was even finished by the time the ceasefire had collapsed, with Azerbaijan the first to confirm airstrikes being ordered against ethnic Armenian forces. Armenian forces were accused of shelling Ganja, a city in Azerbaijan, hitting an apartment building.

Oct 12 06:19

Live Updates: Karabakh Forces Destroy Azerbaijan's Su-25, Armenian MoD Says

The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Arayik Harutyunyan, said that the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan that took effect at noon on Saturday was not fully observed over the weekend.

No shelling occurred in the capital of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) overnight from Sunday to Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

On Monday morning, air raid sirens went off in Stepanakert for about five minutes, starting from around 7:27 a.m. local time (3:27 GMT), according to a Sputnik correspondent, who says that it was likely that a reconnaissance drone was spotted by the radars. Local eyewitnesses said that two or three explosions were heard somewhere far from the city.

Oct 12 05:41

Live Updates: Azerbaijani President Claims Baku Has Seized Control Over Several Karabakh Settlements

The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), Arayik Harutyunyan, said that the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan that took effect at noon on Saturday was not fully observed over the weekend.

No shelling occurred in the capital of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) overnight from Sunday to Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

On Monday morning, air raid sirens went off in Stepanakert for about five minutes, starting from around 7:27 a.m. local time (3:27 GMT), according to a Sputnik correspondent, who says that it was likely that a reconnaissance drone was spotted by the radars. Local eyewitnesses said that two or three explosions were heard somewhere far from the city.

Oct 11 06:43

Fresh artillery attacks & exchange of accusations overshadow ceasefire implementation in Nagorno-Karabakh

A Russia-brokered ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh came under intense pressure on Sunday, as both the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides traded accusations of violations ahead of a planned swap of prisoners and bodies.
Military action continues in the armed conflict over the disputed part of Azerbaijan, which escalated two weeks ago to a level unseen since the 1990s.

Azerbaijan and Armenia, which supports Nagorno-Karabakh, agreed on Friday to take a humanitarian pause after lengthy talks in Moscow. But there have been reports of violence from the region a day after the ceasefire was supposed to come into force.

Azerbaijan on Sunday accused Armenian forces of shelling Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city. The attack killed nine civilians and injured 34 others, including children, the statement said.

Armenia said Baku’s accusation was “absolutely false”.

Oct 11 06:41

Heavy shelling and civilian casualties dash hopes for Russian-backed ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan with at least seven dead and 33 wounded amid escalating violence

Hopes that a Russian-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan might hold were further dashed Sunday, with both sides accusing the other of intense shelling on civilian areas and escalating two weeks of fierce clashes.

Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said that overnight shelling by Armenian forces on the country's second largest city, Ganja, had left seven people dead and 33 wounded including children, less than 24 hours after the halt to fighting was supposed to take effect.

Rescuers in red helmets dug through piles of debris with their bare hands in search of signs of survivors, an AFP journalist in the city reported.

Oct 11 06:24

Live Updates: Nagorno-Karabakh Calls for Establishment of Centre to Trace Int'l Terrorists in Region

In the early hours of Sunday, Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said that Ganja had been shelled from Armenian territory.

The spokeswoman for the Armenian Defence Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, has refuted Baku’s claims that the city of Ganja in western Azerbaijan has been shelled from the territory of Armenia.

Yerevan and Baku agreed to cease hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh starting from noon on Saturday. The ceasefire was the result of extensive talks in the Russian capital, which lasted for more than 10 hours on Friday. Since the ceasefire came into force, however, both parties have accused each other of violating the truce.

The two countries engaged in military activities in Nagorno-Karabakh on 27 September, after Yerevan and Baku accused each other of violating a 1994 ceasefire.

Oct 10 11:44

Donald Trump sentenced to death by Yemen for ‘war crimes’

Donald Trump has been sentenced to death for alleged war crimes by a court in Yemen. The US president was sentenced with nine other defendants including a Saudi King and Prince.

The case against the defendants went ahead in their absence at Houthi-run Specialised Criminal Court in the Yemeni governorate of Saada, and resulted in the death penalty against the US leader.

The court issued death sentences against Trump, Saudi King Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince, Commander of the Saudi Air Force Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, and Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Yemen’s Vice President Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher, Defence Minister Muhammad Al-Maqdishi, and former US Defence Secretary James Mattis were also sentenced to death.

The court also ruled that the accused should pay $10 billion to the families of those killed in the 2019 airstrike. The charges related to an airstrike which reportedly hit a school bus, killing 51 people including 40 children.

Oct 10 11:41

Can and Should Russia Stop the War in the Caucasus?

This war is officially a war between Azerbaijan and the (unrecognized) Republic of Nagorno Karabakh (RNK) aka “Republic of Artsakh” (ROA) which I shall refer to simply as Nagorno Karabakh or “NK”. As is often the case, the reality is much more complicated. For one thing, Erdogan’s Turkey has been deeply involved since Day 1 (and, really, even much before that) while Armenia has been backing NK to the hilt since the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is even worse: Turkey is a member of NATO while Armenia is a member of the CSTO. Thus a war started over a relatively small and remote area could, in theory, trigger an international nuclear war. The good news here is that nobody in NATO or the CSTO wants such a war, especially since technically speaking the NK is not part of Armenia (Armenia has not even recognized this republic so far!) and, therefore, not under the protection of the CSTO.

Oct 10 11:03

David Friedman is furthering the Kosher Nostra extremist Likudnik Israeli agenda: Scholar

"...US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is an organized crime figure who is furthering the Kosher Nostra extremist Likudnik Israeli agenda, an American political analyst has said.

Kevin Barrett, an author, journalist and radio host with a Ph.D. in Islamic and Arabic Studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday..."

Oct 10 08:08

Envoy Urges European Action against US Sanctions on Iranian Banks

"...Iran's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna called on European countries to take action to defy the new sanctions the US has imposed on Iranian banks.

In a post on his Instagram page, Kazem Gharibabadi said Europe shoulders a heavy responsibility with regards to the United States’ fresh sanctions on a number of Iranian banks..."

Oct 10 06:51

Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree to Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday. The two sides agreed to pause fighting while they exchange prisoners and the bodies of those killed in the conflict. More “substantive” talks over the disputed enclave are expected to start soon.

The announcement came after representatives from Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Moscow for talks mediated by Russia. According to Sputnik, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire after 10 hours of negotiations.

“A ceasefire has been announced, beginning 12:00 on 10 October, 2020, for humanitarian purposes for the exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees, and bodies of the dead, to be mediated in accordance with the criteria of the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Lavrov said in a statement.

Oct 10 06:45

Will Trump sell F-35s to the UAE? Congress wants him to show his work.

Two key Democrats are voicing “numerous questions” over President Donald Trump’s potential sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates, accusing him of rushing a deal for political advantage instead of thinking through potentially dire national security implications.

The letter Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I. was another sign the fast-moving sale may slow to a halt on Capitol Hill.

The duo questioned whether the sale to Abu Dhabi, which has security ties to Russia and China, would compromise the F-35, an advanced and sophisticated stealth warplane, and whether such a sale would set off a Middle Eastern arms race in which Iran seeks advanced warplanes from Russia and China.

Oct 10 06:24

Armenia and Russia Are Sending Each Other Strong Signals Through the CSTO

Armenia’s decision to skip next week’s CSTO drills in Belarus and the bloc’s subsequently announced postponement of planned exercises in the South Caucasus country later this month (purportedly decided weeks ago) can be interpreted as Yerevan and Moscow sending strong signals to one another over the Nagorno-Karabakh Continuation War.

Oct 10 06:12

Live Updates: Karabakh Ceasefire Takes Effect Under Armenia-Azerbaijan Deal

Large-scale hostilities in Azerbaijan’s Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on 27 September when both parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed during talks in Moscow to keep the formats of talks on Nagorno-Karabakh unchanged, a joint statement of the foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan adopted on Saturday said.

The fighting on the line-of-contact in Karabakh began on 27 September. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, Karabakh has reported the artillery shelling of peaceful settlements of the unrecognized republic, including its capital, Stepanakert. Armenia has declared martial law and — for the first time — general mobilisation, claiming that Ankara is actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilisation was introduced in Azerbaijan.

Oct 10 06:10

Armenia & Azerbaijan complain about ‘intense’ shelling & drone strikes shortly before Nagorno-Karabakh truce enters into force

Baku and Yerevan accused each other of attacks hours before their ceasefire was set to begin at 12pm local time on Saturday. Russia brokered the truce after lengthy overnight talks in Moscow between their foreign ministers.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claimed that Armenia had launched volleys of rockets at the town of Hadrut in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh and “intensively” shelled several Azerbaijani villages on Saturday morning.

A representative from the Armenian Ministry of Defense denied that the country's forces had targeted Hadrut. Baku earlier announced that its army had seized the town during its offensive into Nagorno-Karabakh, but Yerevan kiboshed that claim, saying that Armenians were still in control.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan, meanwhile, said that Azerbaijan used combat drones on Saturday to attack two villages in the Syunik region in the southern part of the country. The claim was rejected by Baku.

Oct 09 11:54

Armenian President Says Turkey's Erdogan Creating "Another Syria In The Caucasus"

President Armen Sarkissian has charged that Turkey is creating “another Syria in the Caucasus” through its military and diplomatic support for Azerbaijan in the war for the autonomous ethnic Armenian breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“If we don’t act now internationally, stopping Turkey?.?.?.?with the perspective of making this region a new Syria?.?.?.?then everyone will be hit,” he said to the Financial Times in a new interview.

He further urged an international effort to stop the aggression which he said was fueled by Turkey, which he called “the bully of the region”.

Oct 09 11:52

Armenia Accuses Azerbaijan Of Intentionally Bombing Historic Cathedral In Karabakh

The Armenian Ministry of Defense accused the Azerbaijani army of targeting the historic Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Ghazanchetsots Cathedral) in Shushi city which lies in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh on Thursday.

According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani forces bombed the large cathedral church after launching several missiles towards the Karabakh region.

“What is the use of dialogue with those who bomb churches?” The official representative of the ministry, Artsron Hanfanisian, posted on Facebook, accompanied by pictures showing the damage caused by what appeared to be a missile falling on the dome of the cathedral.

Oct 09 06:20

US to impose new financial sanctions against Iran: Trump administration officials

"...The administration of US President Donald Trump plans to impose additional sanctions on Iran’s financial sector that would block the few remaining avenue of legal financial exchange with Tehran, according to three administration officials..."

Oct 09 05:15

Houthi court sentences Trump, King Salman and Saudi crown prince to death

A Houthi court in Yemen has sentenced 10 people to death, including US President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Arabi21 reported.

The Houthi-run Specialised Criminal Court in Saada ruled against the accused in absentia on Thursday, according to the Houthi-affiliated Saba agency.

The charges were made in the case of a 2019 airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a school bus in the town of Dhahyan which killed 51 civilians, including 40 children.

Oct 09 04:57

Egypt vexed by Israel, UAE plans for 'rival Suez Canal'

Warming economic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates have forced a wedge between Abu Dhabi and ally Cairo amid talk of plans to build a rival Suez Canal.

Around 10 percent of the global trade volume passes through Egypt's Suez Canal, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The Suez Canal has remained a vital lifeline for the Egyptian economy during the Covid-19 pandemic, with maritime traffic and revenues actually having risen in the first four months of 2020 before taking a dip in the second quarter.

A burgeoning economic partnership between Israel and the UAE could threaten Egypt's important role in global trade, however.

Oct 09 04:55

DEBUNKED: Azerbaijan Caught Using Lousy False Flags To Justify Using Cluster Munitions Against Armenian Civilians

In recent days, and in the wake of multiple resounding defeats at the hands of Artsakh defenders, Azerbaijan has resorted to firing 300mm rockets, armed with banned cluster submunitions, against residential areas of multiple Armenian cities and towns, primarily the capital of the Republic of Artsakh, Stepanakert.

In order to justify its campaign of terror, Azeri authorities conducted a series of rather amateurish false flags, with images and videos allegedly showing Armenian missiles striking civilian areas inside Azerbaijan. However, at a glance, what might look like valid footage, failed to convince anyone in any way familiar with how rockets work.

Oct 08 12:27

TURKEY GETS BOGGED DOWN IN KARABAKH WAR AS ARMENIAN FORCES RECLAIM INITIATIVE

Armenian forces have reclaimed the tactical initiative in the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh region and conducted several counter-attacks taking back positions earlier captured by Azerbaijan on the Jabrayil front on the evening of October 7. Later, on the morning of October 8, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that Azerbaijani forces had launched a military offensive in the area, which had been repelled.

“Early in the morning, at 08:30, the enemy attempted an attack in the southern direction, but after losing 3 units of military equipment and about 20 soldiers, the enemy escaped from the battlefield near Jabrayil,” the representative of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.

“Fighting continues. our troops are performing their tasks brilliantly. We have some good luck, but heavy fighting continues,” he said.

Oct 08 12:25

Turmoil in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, & Ukraine shows that, three decades on, the Soviet Union’s still collapsing

The sudden collapse of the USSR in 1991 created many weak countries without a unifying national identity and a strong central state. Yet conflicts will continue until the world is willing to recognize the realities on the ground.
War between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Violent protests in Kyrgyzstan. Mass demonstrations in Belarus. This month, the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) have once again been making headlines. When added to the low-level war in Eastern Ukraine, and the unresolved conflicts in Moldova and Georgia, this recent unrest highlights the ongoing instability of what Russia terms its ‘near abroad’.

One common explanation for this volatility is to blame it on the Russian Federation and its inability to accept its loss of empire. Russia, it is claimed, is inciting trouble in its immediate neighborhood in order to prevent the states of the FSU from transiting towards democracy and integration with Western institutions.

Oct 08 10:52

UNICEF raises eyebrows with praise for Saudi ‘humanitarian’ role in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has in a controversial move praised what it called Saudi Arabia’s “humanitarian” role in Yemen, closing its eyes to years of atrocities committed by Riyadh and its allies against the civilian population there, leaving a large number of children dead, maimed and malnourished.

Executive Director of the world body Henrietta Fore, in a letter sent to the so-called King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), lauded Saudi Arabia over what she described as the kingdom's “generous support” for the projects of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.

Fore went on to say that UNICEF will use the financial support to help Yemeni children and their families in different fields, including health, nutrition, water, sanitation and education.

Oct 08 07:57

France Confirms Turkish 'Military Involvement' In Karabakh After NATO Appeal Mocked

Just yesterday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey to use its "considerable influence to calm tensions" between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fierce fighting continues in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region.

The appeal was widely mocked by commentators in the West as well as in Armenian media, given it's been well documented since the start of the conflict that Turkey has been a party to the conflict in backing its declared "brother country" Azerbaijan. And of course there's the historic Armenian Genocide which caused many to laugh at the strange NATO appeal, as if Turkey is somehow 'neutral'.

France has joined in the controversy over alleged Turkish intervention, as according to the AFP French government sources are now formally charging there's evidence of Turkish 'military involvement' in Karabakh.

Oct 08 07:25

Live Updates: Yerevan Says Stepanakert Hit by Azerbaijani Rockets Overnight

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have entered their eleventh day, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called for a return to negotiations. Turkey, meanwhile, has stated it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has been the target of artillery fire several times, with numerous bombs and rockets hitting the city during the day and overnight. According to Yerevan, Azerbaijani troops have launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region proclaimed its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start negotiations.

Oct 08 07:24

Azerbaijan Shares Footage of Alleged Artillery Strikes Against Armenian Armed Forces During Night

Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority breakaway region in Azerbaijan, erupted on 27 September when both sides accused each other of violating the existing ceasefire.

The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has shared footage of alleged night combat, without specifying the actual location of the hostilities.

The video shows "artillery strikes carried out during night battles on the headquarters, infrastructure, weapons and ammunition depots of a military unit of the Armenian Armed Forces", a message on the official website of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said.

Oct 08 06:44

Half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Population Displaced by Fighting

Half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has been displaced due to the recent fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, officials from the ethnic Armenian enclave said on Wednesday. The population of Nagorno-Karabakh is about 150,000.

“According to our preliminary estimates, some 50 percent of Karabakh’s population and 90 percent of women and children — some 70,000 to 75,000 people — have been displaced,” Nagorno-Karabakh’s rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP.

Oct 08 06:42

As Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Expands, Israel-Azerbaijan Arms Trade Thrives

Ben­­-Gurion Airport is quiet with civilian flights almost at a standstill. However, cargo flights on the Azerbaijan route have been very busy over the last two weeks. The high number of flights is a direct result of the renewal of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. No fewer than four Ilyushin­­-76 planes, operated by the Azeri cargo airline Silk Way, which serves the Azeri defense ministry, have touched down and taken off from the Uvda air base in southern Israel – two, before the outbreak of fighting, and two, afterwards. According to flight regulations, that is the only airport from which planes loaded with explosive material are allowed to take off.

Oct 08 06:41

How the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict could spiral into a proxy war

The "frozen conflict" between Armenia and Azerbaijan has re-erupted and attracted international concern, with the UN calling for emergency talks this week amid fears of a full-blown war.

Clashes started in late September over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory, which Armenia captured in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Violence has continued despite ceasefire calls.

Turkey has backed Azerbaijan against what it calls Armenian 'aggression', demanding that Armenia ends its 'occupation', while adding that its solidarity with Baku would "increasingly continue".

Oct 08 06:40

How rivals Turkey, Israel and Pakistan ended up siding with Azerbaijan

Having clashed once again over decades-old claims in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of war.

The South Caucasus region had previously experienced flare-ups of violence in 2014 and 2016, with the last having been in July this year.

Various countries are embroiled in the latest escalation, with Russia, Iran and India more inclined towards Armenia, while Turkey, Israel and Pakistan are siding with Azerbaijan.

Announcing support for Baku as soon as hostilities broke out, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the struggle until the end of the Karabakh occupation, declaring that "Turkey stands with and will continue to stand with friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all our means and all our heart."

Oct 08 06:17

Armenians Fight Back Against Azerbaijani Advance, Strike Key Oil Pipeline

Armenian forces launched a missile attack on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, according to Azerbaijan. The country’s prosecutors said that Armenian forces had carried out the attack, which was prevented by the Azerbaijani military, on the pipeline in Yevlah at around 9 p.m. local time on October 6. The incident was described as a “terrorist act”.

Oct 08 05:56

How the Gas-Rich & Geostrategically Important Eastern Mediterranean Has Turned Into a 'Powder Keg'

Tensions remain high in the Eastern Mediterranean as two NATO allies, Turkey and Greece, are seeking a way out of the standoff triggered by Ankara's seismic vessel Oruç Reis engaging in gas exploration in the disputed waters. Egyptian researcher Mohammad Fawzi has shed light on the brewing conflict and the balance of power in the region.

Oruç Reis's dispatch to waters claimed by Athens, Ankara and Nicosia last month came in response to the 6 August Greek-Egyptian agreement demarcating exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two powers. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the accords, adding that they had brought to naught the November 2019 memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Tripoli which delineated the sea in the interests of Ankara and the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Oct 08 05:49

Live Updates: Yerevan Says Stepanakert Hit by Azerbaijani Rockets Overnight

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have entered their eleventh day, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called for a return to negotiations. Turkey, meanwhile, has stated it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has been the target of artillery fire several times, with numerous bombs and rockets hitting the city during the day and overnight. According to Yerevan, Azerbaijani troops have launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region proclaimed its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start negotiations.

Oct 07 12:15

ARMENIANS FIGHT BACK AGAINST AZERBAIJANI ADVANCE, STRIKE KEY OIL PIPELINE

Armenian forces launched a missile attack on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, according to Azerbaijan. The country’s prosecutors said that Armenian forces had carried out the attack, which was prevented by the Azerbaijani military, on the pipeline in Yevlah at around 9 p.m. local time on October 6. The incident was described as a “terrorist act”.

Oct 07 07:59

Video: Azerbaijan-Turkey Alliance Is Taking “Upper Hand” in War with Armenia

Azerbaijan is slowly but steadily gaining an upper hand in the war with Armenia for the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

As of October 5, the Azerbaijani military, supported by Turkish military advisers, specialists and intelligence, captured the towns of Jabrayil, Mataghis and Talysh after heavy clashes with Armenian forces. Azerbaijani sources also report the control over multiple villages including Ashagi Abdulrahmanli, Mehdili, Chakhirli, Ashagi Maralyan, Sheybey and Kuyjagh. On the other hand, the Armenian side confirmed that it lost ‘some positions’ but did not provide details claiming that the situation on the frontline has been rapidly changing.

Oct 07 07:38

Live Updates: Armenia May Recognise Karabakh If It Helps End Conflict, PM Pashinyan Says

Numerous rockets and cluster bombs hit Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Tuesday, with Yerevan stating that Azerbaijani forces had launched a major offensive in the southern part of the line of contact.

The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have been going on for a little more than a week, with both sides accusing each other of breaching the ceasefire, shelling cities, and military infrastructure. Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have urged Yerevan and Baku to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table. Ankara, meanwhile has declared it will support Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat".

Oct 07 07:32

Armenia Shares Video of 'Azerbaijani Tank' Being Destroyed in Karabakh

Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh have been going on for over a week, with the two sides accusing each other of aggression. Both Baku and Yerevan announced mobilisations and have published numerous videos of military vehicles destroyed in the area.

Armenia's Defence Ministry has published a video allegedly depicting the destruction of an Azerbaijani tank during recent clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the footage, shared by MoD Press Secretary Shushan Stepanyan, the military vehicle explodes after receiving a direct hit, after which a cloud of smoke appears.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as Artsakh, declared independence from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, resulting in a conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in 1992-1994. The war claimed thousands of lives, also forcing over a million people to flee the area before Moscow managed to mediate a ceasefire deal between Baku and Yerevan.

Oct 07 07:30

Iran’s President decries sending of Syrian ‘terrorists’ to Nagorno-Karabakh, warns fighting could spark REGIONAL WAR

Tehran can’t tolerate deploying militants from Syria to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia affects Iran’s borders and may evolve into a regional conflict, President Rouhani warned.

The Islamic Republic will focus on ensuring “the security of our cities and villages” that appear to be lying within reach of stray shells or rockets coming from inside the conflict zone, the Iranian president warned, during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Oct 07 07:09

Civilians caught in deadly Armenian-Azeri crossfire

A man stands next to a building damaged by recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan, October 6.

Oct 07 07:06

Donors slash funding to Yemen by half to 25 US cents a day per person

The international community has donated an average of 25 US cents per day for each of the 24.3 million Yemenis in need of assistance this year, less than half the amount given in 2019, Oxfam said on Tuesday.

The Nairobi-based charity said in a statement that as 2020 edges closer to an end, the international community had donated only $1.6bn compared to last year's total of $4.06bn and $5.17bn in 2018.

The "dramatic" drop in funding resulted in more than a third of the UN's humanitarian programmes being cut back, with some completely shut down between April and August.

Oct 07 07:06

Residents flee Azerbaijani town of Tartar as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalates

Residents in the Azerbaijani town of Tartar have been forced to flee their homes as fighting in the neighbouring region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian separatist enclave, has escalated in recent weeks. FRANCE 24 reports.

The streets of Tartar have been deserted ever since Azerbaijan’s army staked out a position in the town, making it a major target in the conflict.

“[The Armenians are] bombing the town, you can see it for yourself. The residents have all had to flee. They have destroyed this town,” Mehman Nasivov, the deputy mayor of Tartar, told FRANCE 24 as an explosion resounded nearby.

Azerbaijani authorities have said that Tartar, which has a population of 70,000, has emptied in recent days as residents seek shelter from the relentless exchange of artillery fire.

Oct 07 06:54

Driven By Delusions: The West’s Nagorno-Karabakh Hypocrisy

Something stands out in recent U.S. and most Western reporting on the ongoing bloodletting in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). Well, two things actually: ignorance and hypocrisy. Having shuttered most of their foreign bureaus long ago, there’s a distinct lack of expertise in the mainstream press on this – and many other – regional hot spots. That’s translated to a series of Nagorno-Karabakh "explainers” that read like Wikipedia-ripoffs hastily filtered through Washington’s built-in "blame Russia” conflict-colander.

Oct 07 06:53

Azerbaijan Is Using Israeli-Made Cluster Bombs in Nagorno-Karabakh

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that Israeli-made cluster bombs are being used against civilians by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azeri and Armenian forces have been locked in deadly clashes in the disputed region since fighting erupted on September 27th.

Amnesty International analyzed footage from Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert, a city Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling on Monday. The rights group identified Israeli-made M095 DPICM cluster munitions and said Azeri forces “appear” to have fired the bombs towards residential areas in the city.

Cluster bombs are a form of explosive that release and scatter smaller submunitions. The weapon’s indiscriminate nature makes it extra deadly if dropped in residential areas. Some smaller munitions can be left unexploded, making them a hazard for civilians who come across them.

Oct 06 14:20

Live Updates: Armenia Says Azerbaijan Started Large-Scale Offensive in Southern Part of Contact Line

The mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared its independence from then-Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1990s, which led to a major conflict between Yerevan and Baku, that lasted until 1994. A new round of clashes broke out slightly over a week ago when the sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire along the line of contact.

The clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh continue for a ninth consecutive day, with both sides claiming they've inflicted harsh damage on the adversary and publishing numerous videos of destroyed enemy military vehicles and drones.

Oct 06 12:38

THERE IS CONSPIRACY AGAINST ARMENIA AND PASHINYAN GOVERNMENT IS IN CENTER OF IT

The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan supported by Turkey continue their large-scale offensive to capture the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region from Armenian forces. Following the gains of the previous days, when Azerbaijani forces captured the towns of Talish, Jabrayil and Mataghis, they developed momentum in the Jabrayil district capturing the villages of Shikhali Agali, Sari jali, and Mezre, and several other hill tops, according to the country’s president Ilham Aliyev.

Currently, Azerbaijani forces are working to consolidate their gains and conduct artillery and air strikes on positions of the Armenians preparing for a further offensive. So, the Azerbaijani advance slowed down due to weather conditions. The bad weather in the area complicates the usage of combat drones and aviation.

Oct 06 10:30

Facing down Israel's stooges at the heart of UK Parliament

Stuart Littlewood highlights the deep flaws and astounding hypocrisy of Israel’s stooges in the British Parliament, and of the spineless, time-serving church leaders, who are blind – or have blinded themselves – to Israel’s criminal oppression and persecution of the Palestinians – Christians and Muslims.>>

Oct 06 08:14

Israel constantly meddled in Yemen’s internal affairs under slain dictator: Army spokesman

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, says Israel constantly intervened in the internal affairs of the Arab country during the reign of slain dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Speaking at a press conference broadcast live from the capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Saree highlighted that the Yemeni nation is confronting a Saudi-led military aggression, which seeks to accomplish the desired objectives of the Tel Aviv regime.

“Yemen has long been at the main target of US-Israeli plots and the ongoing onslaught clearly proves this. The Armed Forces call upon Yemenis from all walks of life to raise their awareness about the real intentions of foreigners. Our struggle is nothing but a fateful battle for liberation and independence,” he said.

Oct 06 08:14

'A fight of of life and death': Armenian PM urges army veterans to re-enlist & battle Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The Armenian prime minister, on Monday, asked ex-soldiers discharged during the last twelve months to take up arms again. Nikol Pashinyan says the fight against bitter rival, and neighbor, Azerbaijan is one “of life and death."
“I want to appeal to our guys discharged [from the Armenian military] over the past year – come to the central military recruitment office and enroll in the army,” Pashinyan said in a video message posted on his Facebook page and quoted by the media.

He explained that Armenian law doesn't allow for this category of former soldiers to be mobilized, and asked them to come instead as volunteers. Pashinyan added that he is calling veterans to a “battle of life and death” and the “genocide of Armenians” needs to be avoided.

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