On 17 November, Azerbaijan‘s President Aliyev and wife (Vice President) visited areas recently taken over during the war in Nagorno Karabkah near the border with Iran, notably, the Khodaafarin dam area with the old bridge (location on map here). From Iran, these photos were taken (possibly around 14.30 hours local time from a hill 450 m away) and posted on a Telegram channel associated with (officially or not) Iran’s IRGC. Others also posted them, not sure if the IRGC account the first.The photos from Iran were posted in Telegram stating that they were taken from a rifle sight of an Iranian border guard. Looks like an SVD Dragunov rifle sight.
Azerbaijan´s Defence Ministry has officially taken out the Ceasefire Violations section of its webpage, showing since at least 2012. Below one can find reported ceasefire information as mentioned by the Azeri authorities between 1 January 2018 and 26 September 2020, reflecting both the border with Armenia and the line-of-contact with
The first official meeting: 13 August 2020 On 13 August, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar along with the commanders of Turkey’s military branches met with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov during the concluding events of joint military exercises, but one individual caught our attention, Turkish Air
Source: Butler, Ed, “The Syrian mercenaries used as ‘cannon fodder’ in Nagorno-Karabakh”, BBC, 10 December 2020 *all opinions expressed are those of the original author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or stance of Nagorno Karabakh Observer. Men reported to be Syrian mercenaries close to the Armenian border in Azerbaijan
Source: “Russian Media Outlet Vz.ru: ‘The Azerbaijani Army Is Being Purged Of The Officers And Generals Who Started Their Career In The Soviet Union… Those Who Have Completed… Training In Turkey Are Placed In Key Positions – Turkish Advisers Are Placed Above Them’”, MEMRI, 10 December 2020 *all opinions expressed
On 20 November, investigative journalist Lindsey Snell posted two photos of a location where members of the Hamza Division, a Syrian mercenary force, were said to have been housed in October 2020 during the Second Nagorno Karabakh war. Tweet from investigative reporter Lindsey Snell from 20 November 2020 Not unimportant.
New footage from Russia’s Defence Ministry shows light traffic in the town of Lachin, Nagorno Karabakh, with Russian military lorries (Ural type) with registry plates numbered 94 for the Transcaucasus zone. The yellow/red sign on them indicates troop transports. BTR and Tigr transports also seen. Official footage provided by Russia’s