On November 25, Azerbaijani troops entered the district of Kalbajar in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The district was handed over to Baku under the ceasefire deal reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan to put an end to the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War earlier in November.
In total, Armenian forces were set to hand over the following districts: Agdam, Kalbajar, and Lachin, excluding the Lachin corridor. Agdam and Kalbajar are already in the hands of Azerbaijani forces. Lachin will be handed over on December 1. Withdrawing Armenians are destroying their properties and even evacuating graves of their relatives. Just a day ago, on November 24, Armenians troops blew up their barracks in Kalbajar.
In these conditions, the presence of the Russian peacekeepers remains the only guarantee of the security of the local Armenian population. And Russian forces already suffered first casualties as a part of this mission. On November 23, a Russian peacekeeper, four employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic were wounded, and an Azerbaijani officer was killed in a mine explosion near the village of Magadiz. A joint group, that also included representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, was searching bodies of those killed in the war.
A large number of IEDs, not exploded ammunition and projectiles are an important security factor that prevents the potential return of displaced civilians to Nagorno-Karabkah. A group of Russian sappers has been already working on demining key roads and areas in the Russian zone of responsibility. Baku also vowed to demine territories that its forces captured and already started building a new road linking the town of Shusha and Ahmedbeyli.
In the coming months, the security and humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabkah will likely improve, but there are almost zero chances the Armenian population that fled the Azerbaijani advance would return. Therefore, the Azerbaijani-controlled part of Nagorno-Karabakh is in fact empty and the Azerbaijani leadership would have to launch some settlement program if it wants re-populate the region.
Pro-Kurdish sources, waging a propaganda campaign against the traditional Azerbaijani ally, Turkey, already claimed that Ankara is planning to settle families of fighters of Turkish-backed Syrian militant groups in Karabakh. According to reports, Turkish authorities opened 2 offices in the Turkish-occupied Syrian town of Afrin for this purpose. If such plans even exist, it is unlikely that Azerbaijan would be happy to support them. The one thing is to use a cheap cannon fodder recruited by the Big Turkish Brother and the very different thing is to allow multiple Syrian radicals to become the permanent factor of your internal security. The implementation of such a plan would inevitably turn the Azerbaijani-controlled part of Nagorno-Karabkah into the hotbed of terrorism.
Meanwhile, Israel has been desperately exploiting the last months of the current Trump presidency term. Early on November 25, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the southern countryside of Damascus and the province of Quneitra. According to Syrian state media, missiles were launched from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights. As of now, the Syrian side denies any casualties and claims that the strike caused a material damage only. Pro-Israeli sources insist that the strike led to multiple casualties among Iranian-backed forces and Iranian personnel.
This became the second Israeli strike on Syria in the last 7 days. The previous one took place on November 18 and hit the very same areas, including Damascus International Airport. The activation of the Israeli military activity in the region indicates that Tel Aviv expects a particular decrease of unconditional support that it was receiving from the United States under the Trump administration. Therefore, it seeks to use the last days of this 4-year-long honeymoon as effective as possible. Even more Israeli and potentially US actions against Iranian interests in the region and Iran itself could be expected in the coming weeks.
With Pompeo and Netanyahu in covert discussions with Mohammed bin Salman just last week, I hardly think that Israel is just twiddling its thumbs over the next few weeks before January 20th. The real perps of 9/11 are still in place and will do anything to start a war with Iran, the one that Trump promised Sheldon Adelson would happen before he left office. A false-flag attack on a US asset in the Middle East blamed on Iran would be the most likely pretext for that war. May Heaven help the crew of the USS Sitting Duck.
According to Iranian alt-media, the Russians have prevented a potential incident involving Iran and Israel inside Azerbaijan.
Apparently, Russian action has prevented Israel from deploying, quote “advanced weapons”, on Irans northern border. Also, by blocking the land bridge (and controlling the air space) from Turkey to Azerbaijan they prevented the Turkish Foreign Legion (highly trained mercenaries pretending to be ISIS/Jihadis/Rebels) from accessing the Caspian.
The same rumour mill has indicated that Russia warned the US nuclear forces inside Romania would be removed by force if they did not withdraw thier missile batteries were were seen being armed.
The US response was to fire a salvo of missiles into the Black Sea.
Russia launched Mig 21 carrying ‘advanced eqipment’ (believed to be airlaunched version of Iskander) towards US batteries and all nuclear forces put on alert.
Strike was averted only at the 11th hour by the US agreeing to rapidly withdraw (and taking thier equipment with them).
The US is counter-proping this deployment and rapid withdrawl as a ‘planned rapid response exercise).
This story is in the MSM and all sides can be checked.
The Northern border situation with Iran however remains tense as it is believed Israeli advisors are still present and Azerbaigan is still in position of very advanced Israeli equipment including drones, radar, and signal/spy equpment.
We are too scared to attack Iran, because we are a cowardly bunch, and all we know is how to use multi-million dollar American hardware, which the stupid Americans give us for free, to terrorize Palestinian women and children who we keep in cages.
One time, a little Palestinian girl got out of her cage and slapped one of our elite commandos in the face. He died instantly of a bruised ego. But we put her in her place, back in the cage where she was mistreated for months on end until we broke her. We showed her who is boss.
If only Iran was an unarmed little girl, *sigh*, we’d know what to do to her.
We have been trying to bring the Americans, the biggest bullies in the world, to fight Iran for us for forty years. But they keep saying they can’t. We thought they were lying to us, so we nine eleven’d them, and they brought hundreds of thousands of troops and surrounded Iran. We were so happy. But then they just pulled back, and now Iran controls Iraq and Syria as if they were Iranian provinces. And the US went bankrupt because of us. Oy vey!
So, now we are spreading propaganda threatening Iran with war, because their stock market is going up. We have them sanctioned and isolated to the limit, but their stock market is going up. Can you believe that?
Just between you and me, Azerbaijan faces total annihilation at the hands of Iran, just like we do, so they won’t help us either. Even Turkey, who we’ve propped up so much and turned into a golem will not confront Iran.
So, you see, we are in a real pickle. If anyone attacks Iran, Iran will turn 6 million Israeli Jews into holocaust victims, just like we’ve been lying to the world about Nazi Germany for all these years. Is that irony, or poetic justice, or self-fulfilling prophecy, or what?
My unit is heading out to go beat up a 12 year old Palestinian boy, because he threw a rock at one of the bulldozers that we sent to tear down his house, after the bulldozer crushed his 8 year old sister. As we say here, it’s time to rumble.
Catch you guys later, you stupid goys.
It is that sort of behavior to Palestinian kids and bulldozing houses by Israeli forces that justifies retaliatory action.
Jews & Muslims need to stop this endless fighting and be brothers.
And 2 great third parties (US & Russia) need to ensure this happens.
From Irans Northern Border … thanks your positive info.
Sorry, Mig 21!!. maybe incorrect. Typo
Perhaps should read Mig 31..
I say to the US and Israel: bring it on, you little bitches. Enough talk. It’s been forty years. Time to put your money where your mouth is. Or are you just going to bore us to death with your piss poor propaganda?
Let’s get on with it then, let’s get the apocalypse rolling. We’ve been counting the minutes. Is everyone ready to die? I know we are.
xoxo little Israelis.
That some Armenians destroyed their property and even dug up graves of their relatives can be explained on what the Azerbaijani soldiers are doing now. Videos show Azerbaijani soldiers in Armenian homes, gloating, and watching their family videos, destroying furniture, and there’s videos of them attacking and smashing graves – including some which have had flowers placed recently on them.
This is not to mention photos and videos of them torturing, mutilating and killing Armenian soldiers.
Lots of complex issues going on in Middle East which I dont follow or understand all the players and their positions.
Need for Trump & Putin to try and get the warring parties to come to some sort of resolution.
Reminds me a bit of 1300 – 1190 BC where you had 4 warring parties:- Egypt, Hittites, Cannanites and Assyria.
The end result was at all got attacked and most wiped out by mystery forces from the north & west.
The mysterious sea people, who caused the late bronze age collapse.