south front on karabagh (thursday)

Azerbaijan Removes Alleged Russian Spy From Office, Armenia Arrests Alleged Azerbaijan Spy
South Front, Oct 1 2020

The spy wars phase in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict appears to have begun. Russian journalist Semyon Pegov reported that Colonel-General Najmeddin Sadykov, Chief of the General Staff of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, has been removed from office at the request of Turkish military advisers. The general is allegedly declared an agent of the Main intelligence directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. It is also noted that Sadykov opposed the Turkish dominance in the leadership of the national armed forces. In Armenia, the National Security Service (SNB) of Armenia neutralized a spy working for Azerbaijani intelligence. A citizen of Armenia held senior positions in the Ministry of Defense of the republic, periodically collecting and transmitting information constituting a military secret. This is stated in the statement of the National Security Service of Armenia spread on Oct 1. The main Armenian intelligence service provided some details in connection with the disclosure of espionage activities. While in Georgia, a citizen of Armenia came to the attention of Azerbaijani specialized services. Subsequently, he was recruited and given instructions to collect information about the armaments of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as other information of military interest. Having access to classified information on duty, he collected information about military equipment, engineering infrastructure, and military facilities. Using contacts with high-ranking military personnel of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, the accused periodically met with them, inquiring about the specific actions of the units and other important information. After that, he periodically traveled to Georgia, where he passed on the information received to his “curators.” Based on the evidence obtained, he was charged with high treason, and the Armenian citizen was arrested. During searches in his apartment and other real estate objects belonging to him, a huge amount of ammunition was found: grenades, fuses, cartridges, as well as military information, which has not lost its relevance. Among them are the originals of documents for official use. Operatives also found spy equipment: special radios and other equipment. The National Security Service of Armenia presented a video material in connection with the fact of espionage and treason.

Azerbaijan Bombs Nagorno-Karabakh Cities, Turkey Reportedly Takes Control Of Air Operations
South Front Oct 1 2020

On Oct 1, the regional authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh reported that hostilities continue along the entire contact line, but that no significant progress is being made by Azerbaijan’s forces. Reportedly, Azerbaijan handed over air control of the operation in Nagorno-Karabakh to the Turkish Air Force, the representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote on Facebook. According to him:

The flights of the Turkish and Azerbaijani aviation are controlled by a E7-T aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, which is an air command post. The post is located near Erzurum and Kars. It is possible that the leadership of the Turkish Air Force is on board this plane. On the morning of Sep 30, two Turkish F-16 fighters, Azerbaijani Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as the Turkish reconnaissance and strike Bayraktar drone, which took off from the city of Kurdamir, inflicted a missile and bomb attack on the Karabakh cities of Hadrut and Martakert. In addition, at a short distance from the city of Hadrut, there is a command post for controlling Turkish drones, which directly corrects the fire of Azerbaijani attack aircraft.

The day before, Armenia announced that an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force shot down an Armenian Su-25 in the airspace of Armenia, the pilot of the attack aircraft was killed. In Ankara, this statement was called “the fantasy of the Armenian military propaganda machine.” The assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that two Armenian Su-25s crashed into the mountain and exploded, and the rest was absurd claims and disinformation. Regardless, a video was published showing the city of Martakert following heavy strikes by aircraft. According to reports at least 3 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded in the attacks.

Also, a map with movement of forces was published showing the Movement of Turkish and Azerbaijani air forces, including F-16s. And how the flights of Azerbaijani planes are coordinated from Turkey. This video was published by the press Secretary of the Ministry of defense of Armenia Shushan Stepanyan.

Furthermore, to evidence that Syrian militants had actually been deployed by Turkey to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan, it turned out that not all cell phones had been taken away and selfies of fighters began being published online. There was also a video that was released, purportedly showing militants, clad in uniform, preparing to be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight on behalf of Azerbaijan. The events in the video allegedly take place on Sep 25, two days before the escalation was caused by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The report of the first Syrian militant casualty is also fact, now there is a 2nd casualty, the individual on the photograph below was killed in the clashes. He is Talha Muhammad, the second Syrian, whose death in Azerbaijan was confirmed by relatives. The group he’s part of is called the “Hamza Division.” Additionally, Qasim al-Jazmur, a native of Deir ez-Zor and a Sultan Murad militant from the so-called Turkish-backed National army, was killed by the Armenian army during clashes taking place in Artsakh.

Finally, seeing as to how Turkey is attempting to turn the region into a hotbed of militants fighting on behalf of Azerbaijan, Iran issued a statement saying that it would not allow its adjacent area to be turned into one. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh was cited as saying the following:

Iran will not allow terrorists to turn the areas adjacent to the northern borders of our country into a threat to our national security. This will lead to a much greater catastrophe than the Karabakh conflict.

Iran Denies Allegations Of Weapons Transfers To Armenia, Calls For Ceasefire And Dialogue
South Front, Oct 1 2020

Iran has reassured Azerbaijan that it recognises its territorial integrity at the same time as it reiterated calls for dialogue to resolve the deadly conflict with Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. Iran also categorically denied allegations that weapons have been transferred to Armenia from Iranian territory. Iran has reason to be deeply concerned by the latest outbreak in hostilities as it shares borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Shortly after the latest clashes erupted, Iran called on the two sides to exercise restraint and work towards dialogue. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held separate phone calls with his counterparts in Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday, during which he urged them to hold talks within the framework of international law. During a phone conversation between senior government officials from Iran and Azerbaijan on Wednesday, Iran emphasized that it respects Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and denied accusations of weapons going to Armenia from Iranian territory as an attempt to damage relations between the two countries. Mahmoud Vaezi, President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff, told Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev in a phone call on Wednesday:

The stance of the Islamic Republic on Azerbaijan has always been clear and transparent as it has always recognised the neighbouring country’s territorial integrity and respected it. Azerbaijan holds an important place in Iranian foreign policy. Tehran will always strive to develop and boost bilateral ties with its neighbour.

He also expressed Iran’s deep concern regarding the armed conflict, saying Iran was ready to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia to begin negotiations “within the framework of international laws.” During his conversation with the Azeri deputy prime minister, Vaezi also denied reports that Tehran was sending arms and military equipment to Armenia. On Tuesday, several videos circulated on social media showing trucks carrying covered loads through the Iranian border with Armenia, prompting claims military equipment was being exported for use in Nagorno-Karabakh. He said:

These are completely baseless rumours spread to tarnish good relations between Iran and Azerbaijan.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh immediately denied the reports, saying:

The Islamic Republic will by no means allow our soil to be used to move arms and ammunition. The trucks carried conventional, non-military goods.

Iranian state television on Wednesday broadcast from the Norduz border terminal, where the trucks carrying the suspect loads were in a depot. The vehicles were Russian Kamaz trucks, which a local official said had been purchased by Armenia before the armed conflict and were being transported through Iran. They were shown to be carrying vehicle parts. Some other media reports alleged that Russia had sent three of its MiG-29 fighters to Armenia using Iranian airspace, which were again categorically rejected by Iranian officials as false. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said (LINK):

The movement of trucks and the transit of conventional civilian goods between the Islamic Republic of Iran and neighbouring countries have been ongoing as usual. However, in addition to closely monitoring and controlling the movements and transit of goods to other countries, Iran does not allow the use of its soil for the transfer of weapons and ammunition.

Also on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashynian, calling on Armenia to work toward ending the conflict and begin dialogue. Rouhani said:

Our region can no longer take instability and new wars. Our wish is to immediately stop the clashes and for us all to resolve the region’s issues through political discourse and international laws.

Pashynian reportedly agreed that armed conflict is to the detriment of the region and expressed concern about foreign interference in Armenian disagreements with Azerbaijan.

Rouhani also noted Iran’s long-lasting ties with the two Caucasian republics, founded on common history and culture, and voiced Tehran’s readiness to mediate between the two sides in whatever capacity deemed constructive by Armenia and Azerbaijan to help settle the dispute (LINK).


  1. lobro
    Posted October 2, 2020 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Armenia announced that an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force shot down an Armenian Su-25 in the airspace of Armenia, the pilot of the attack aircraft was killed.

    WTF?!? The Turk ace shoots down Armenian (long live DonMeh!) and is then killed.
    Maybe suicide, pulled an Epstein in a tight cabin, wrapped his silk scarf around joystick, you know the drill.
    Maybe this: Armenia announced that an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force shot down an Armenian Su-25 in the airspace of Armenia, the pilot of the attackED aircraft was killed.
    Or this: Armenia announced that an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force WAS shot down BY an Armenian Su-25 in the airspace of Armenia, the pilot of the attack aircraft was killed.

    Fog of war hides quantum weirdness, dead pilots and Schroedinger’s cats, I guess.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted October 2, 2020 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Yes, quite so. Look at the garbled auto-translation in the black text box at the start of this post, from tuesday:
    You can already see the confusion of subject & object characteristic of autotranslators. Col Cassad in his commentary beneath, ignores the contradiction, or denies it, just as you do.

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