Turkish private military companies with the support of the government are selecting mercenaries in Syria to participate in the Karabakh conflict on the side of Azerbaijan. This is reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
According to human rights activists, at least 850 fighters were deployed to Baku as of September 30. At the same time, days earlier, the number of militants barely exceeded 300. Most of the mercenaries represent the Turkoman community (Syrian Turkmens, the Turkic population of Northern Syria). Arab groups supporting Ankara refused to allocate fighters.
The main task when sending to Azerbaijan was called the protection of individual points, but in the end they were involved in combat operations. During the fighting in Karabakh, three mercenaries who fought on the side of Azerbaijan were killed.
At the same time, fighters from the Armenian Diaspora in Syria were sent to the conflict zone, but their exact number is unknown.
Earlier, Russian diplomats confirmed that they are aware of the involvement of terrorists from illegal armed groups in Syria and Libya in the Karabakh conflict. Baku, in turn, said that Yerevan uses mercenaries from the Middle East on its side. Armenia denies these charges.
The BBC Arabic service published an interview with a Syrian citizen who was recruited by the Pro-Turkish” Syrian national army “and is currently in Azerbaijan. The fighter admitted that he was offered a job protecting military facilities, for which they promised to pay two thousand dollars a month. There was no question of participation in military operations.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) sharply escalated on September 27. Azerbaijan reported that Armenian forces shelled its positions and settlements on the line of demarcation, and announced a counter-offensive. Armenia, in turn, accused the Azerbaijani military of attacking Artsakh.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, whose majority population was Armenian, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, and a war broke out. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic signed a Protocol of truce with the mediation of Russia. However, military operations periodically resume.