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.