Azerbaijani-Armenian War: Turkish F-16s Enter The Game. Armenia Threatens To Use Iskander Missiles

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The Armenian-Azerbaijani war continues raging in the South Caucasus.

As of September 29, the Azerbaijani advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh region struck the Armenian defense and Azerbaijani forces were not able to achieve any military breakthroughs. Armenian troops withdrew from several positions in the Talish area and east of Fuzuli.

The Azerbaijani military has been successfully employing combat drones and artillery to destroy positions and military equipment of Armenia, but Azerbaijani mechanized infantry was unable to develop its momentum any further.

While both sides claim that they eliminated multiple enemy fighters and made notable gains, the real situation on the ground remains more or less stable with minor gains achieved by Azerbaijani troops. Armenian sources say that 370 Azerbaijani troops were killed and over 1,000 injured. The number of killed Armenian fighters, according to Azerbaijani sources, is over 1,000. Armenian sources also note the notable role of Turkey in the developing conflict.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said that Turkey has been assisting Azerbaijan in its war against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with advisers, mercenaries and even F-16 fighter jets. He added that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is still possible through dialogue. However, the President emphasized that the Armenian nation cannot allow a return to the past.

“105 years ago, the Ottoman Empire carried out the genocide of the Armenians. In no case can we allow this genocide to be repeated,” Sarkissian said.

Armenia threatens to use Iskander short-range ballistic missile systems obtained from Russia against Azerbaijani targets if Turkish F-16 warplanes are employed on the battlefield.

Meanwhile, Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toganyan said that members of Turkish-backed Syrian militant groups have been already participating in the conflict. He said that recently about 4,000 Turkish-backed militants were deployed to Azerbaijan. In turn, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said that “people who have arrived from Syria and other countries of the Middle East” are fighting on the side of Armenia. Earlier, pro-Turkish sources claimed that Armenia was transporting fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Thus, the sides are not only claiming that they are gaining an upper hand in the war, but also accuse each other of using foreign mercenaries and terrorists.

On the evening of September 28, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic confirmed that 84 of its troops were killed in the recent escalation. The Armenian side also claimed that its forces had shot down an Azerbaijani aircraft. However, this claim was denied by the Azerbaijani military. Baku continues insisting that all Armenian claims about the Azerbaijani casualties in the war are fake news.

On September 29, the Armenian side continued reporting about Azerbaijani helicopters being shot down, and declaring that they repelled Azerbaijani attacks. Nonetheless, the scale and intensity of the strikes by the Azerbaijani side did not demonstrate any decrease. On top of this, the Armenian Defense Ministry said that a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down an Armenian Su-25 warplane. The F-16 fighter jet allegedly took off from the Ganja Airbase in Azerbaijan and was providing air cover to combat UAVs, which were striking targets in Armenia’s Vardenis, Mec Marik and Sotk. Azerbaijan and Turkey denied Armenian claims that a Turkish F-16 shot down the Su-25.

So far, no side has achieved a strategic advantage in the ongoing conflict. However, the Azerbaijani military, which receives extensive support from Turkey, is expected to have better chances in the prolonged conflict with Armenia, if Erevan does not receive direct military support from Russia.

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cechas vodobenikov

The only objective truth known is that since the turk involvement in this conflict their lira has become nearly as pitiful as Zimbabwe currency

Jens Holm

It hasnt.

cechas vodobenikov

u ignorant little girl—it has declined precipitously; as the turks that comment at SF or read zerohedge

paolinks

its value against the euro is less than brazilian real

and the real has been hurt a lot since Bolsonaro got into power

thomas malthaus

The near-term, “predicted” end of fighting has Nobel Peace Prize written all over it. President Trump will receive his third nomination from an American ex-pat in Moscow. Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan will glorify in his nomination from a Turkish political refugee in Germany.

It’s possible to consider this clash as a forerunner to a larger conflict. Each side is gathering intelligence. The most recent examples involve US B-52s flying within miles of Russia’s southern coastline.

Turkey is a NATO partner and the US is a financial and arms-supplying proxy in Syria, Libya, and likely in Nagorno-Karabakh.

I’m curious whether Mr. Putin has plans to remove the Turkish lira from their foreign exchange coffers?

Jens Holm

Thats total crap. USA and Nato support none of this. JUst as fro Belarus You have fatal error well created by Your oligarc bolsjevic masters.

…according to Your normal infantiles You forgot to blame Jews and Zionists in Tell Aviv, New York and Moscow as well.

And of course You as usual has no responsability Yourself sitting on Your hamds in a beduin tent with no connections to the rest of today.

chris chuba

An F16 shooting down an Su25 is like an F16 shooting down an A10. The Su25 is a older ground attack aircraft. Do the Armenians have any air superiority aircraft such as an Su27+?

Servet Köseoğlu

they purchased su-30SM from Russia..

paolinks

but the keys are in Moscow

angrycitizen

The Armenian defense is holding up really well.

Alekai Mordechai

At a cost of lot of men and materials.

Hatred Incarnate

Time will tell if they can keep it up. They’re at a disadvantage in manpower and equipment, training and tactics will decide the winner here. I don’t think they’ll get Russian support in the near future.

cechas vodobenikov

u don’t think

Alekai Mordechai

Armenian lines are getting pummeled. Azeris are here for the take.

It a matter of time they’ll ask for seize fire.

StopIsraeliGenocideInPalestine

Here is Turkey in 2020 – genocide against Armenia again.

Baby Rani Deb

What a pity?
The ottomans remain a scourge.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Guidelines according to WHO

hans meiser

russia did nothing but mess the south caucasus up over the last centuries

cechas vodobenikov

u confuse USA Germany w Russia–no surprise

paolinks

divide et impera

give NK to Azerbaijan, so they will be force to stay in a state of frozen war with Armenia

but their masterpiece was giving Crimea to Ukraine…stupid soviet bombheads.

hans meiser

there is probably a large amount of agents getting arrested and azerbaijan will have to explain itself soon what it thought it was doing inside iran and what it thought where it would lead it

paolinks

riots are starting in Iran’s northern provinces too

the turks in cahoots with the zios are starting them…a lot of people need to explain a lot of things

I wonder how long Iran’s and Russia’s patience will last.

Svincius Savickas

Armenians have the biggest lobby after the one of Israel in the US. Armenia has very strong positions in West Europe, while Turkey is the most hated country in the US and in EU. Turkish pigs will be smashed with sanctions, and Erdogan will be overthrown. This islamic pig survived because of Putin, but Moscow did a huge mistake. Turkey is a traitor in nature, Turks cannot be trusted, and Turks will stub knives in your back every single time when they can. This is all history. In NATO turkey is also the most hated. No nation from NATO will support Turkey. If the turkish pigs violate Armenian sovereignty this will be a green light for Russia to take openly a side. Then, you all will see how the Turkish propaganda will completely fail, because of first time every you will see S-400 in action, and cruise missiles against Turks in action. If Russia decides all area will be A2/AD. Just let the islamic pigs become a little more aggressive.

Alekai Mordechai

A2/AD is getting obsolete each passing day.

Dispensable drones are giving Russian AD systems run for its money.

Russia and Iran has no choice but to intervene by sending a corps in Armenia.

Hatred Incarnate

I don’t think Armenia will get any support from Russia without significant compromises. Putin is very pro-Erdogan and wants to stay on his good side as long as possible, they won’t work directly against them without something in return.

Alekai Mordechai

Well can we say armenia is gone??

N-K to Azerbaijan, west to Turkey and South to Iran??

cechas vodobenikov

Artashk can defend itself; if turkey intervenes, Russian troops will crush turkey—when Russia entered the American turkey created war in Syria only 25% of the territory was controlled by the Syrian govt; today 88% of the territory is—I doubt turkis are not as stupid as amerikans…