Third high-ranking Azeri (one retired) officials, including two former deputy defence ministers, reported to have passed away in past 10 days according to official publications by Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry.
31 July – Major Teymur Jafarov, an officer working at the Emergency Medcine and Anesthesiology Department of the Main Clinical Hospital of the Armed Forces reportedly died of Covid-19.
9 August – retired Lieutenant-General and deputy Defence Minister between 2003-2014, Chengiz Mammadov, was reported to have passed away after a long illness.
10 August – Lieutenant General, ex-Deputy Defence Minister and head of ministry’s logistics until a month ago (20 August 2015- 8 July 2020), Fuad Mammadov, reportedly passed away from heart failure. Replacing Fuad Mammadov, the new acting head of military logistics and deputy Defence Minister is Nizam Osmanov, interestingly, born in Kalinino region in Soviet Armenia.
From left to right: Teymur Jafarov, Chengiz Mammadov and Fuad Mammadov
An updated map of Tagavard village, Nagorno Karabakh, with its western half under Azeri military control and eastern under Karabakhi since the 2020 ceasefire, shows around 38 homes demolished. According to Sentinel Hub maps, the Azeri side demolished the homes between 2 and 12 July 2021. Military positions dividing the
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Since the end of the second Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020, some areas previously under de facto Nagorno Karabakh control were either transferred to or militarily gained by Azerbaijan. Azeri troops quickly established themselves along the new border with Armenia, and in some instances entering into Armenian territory and setting
Nagorno Karabakh defence officials report that Azerbaijan used combat drones against their positions along the western segment of the new line-of-contact, posting photos of what appear to be a Turkish-produced Kargu drone. This is the first notification stating the downing of a drone in Karabakh since the war. Photos provided
On 12 August 2021, Turkey’s Defence Ministry tweeted photos of yearly Caucasus Eagle 2021 (Tr. Kavkaz Kartalı-21) military drills in which the special forces of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan (separately mentioned from Azerbaijan) took part. The exercises were aimed at boosting cooperation and coordination between their forces. The official