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skinner April 3rd, 2016 3:06pm

Over the weekend at least thirty were killed in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan has declared a cease fire that has been dismissed by Armenia. Will this reemerge as a regional conflict?

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skinner Jersey City
04/04/16 10:43 am

Azerbaijan says three more of its soldiers died overnight as hostilities continue for the third straight day. The country has threatened that, "In the event of continued Armenian provocations, we will launch a full-scale operation along the entire frontline, using all kinds of weapons." Armenia's president warned that, "A further escalation of military action could lead to unpredictable and irreversible consequences, right up to a full-scale war." Turkey has vowed to back Azerbaijan, a secular Muslim nation composed of ethnic turkic peoples, until the end. Russia has been in contact with both nations, but has serious ties and military bases inside Armenia. A conflict in the region could threaten the world's supply of oil from the Caspian Sea area.

Highlander1 Iowa
04/04/16 6:44 am

Oh god its destabilizing again. It was just beginning to get nice there too.

jvc1133 61535
04/03/16 9:55 pm

Dk I'm not gifted. 🙉🙈🙊

PresWK Minnesota
04/03/16 8:04 pm

I hope the Armenians are able to prevail, they always get shat on by the surrounding smelling Ottoman countries

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Nat21
04/03/16 3:15 pm

Another war for Armenia (

dlaw4570
04/03/16 12:55 pm

...did you know New York and Pennsylvania actually had battles over disputed territory? It didn't lead to a regional dispute, hopefully this won't either...

skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 4:35 pm

Yeah, but I think this is a little different. New York and Pennsylvania existed under a common federal government with homogenous populations and concurrent foreign policies. Armenia and Azerbaijan are separate states (international, not US states) with polar sectarian and ethnic populations and disjointed international considerations. Plus, New York and Pennsylvania had no precedent of fighting one another, but the same cannot be said for sovereign states like Armenia and Azerbaijan.

dlaw4570
04/03/16 4:49 pm

They were colonies at the time but I certainly agree it was different from the centuries old animosity of Europe, then or now

PoliticsAndMore LibCap Land
04/03/16 5:36 pm

Michigan and Ohio had a dispute over the Toledo strip. Ohio was given the area, and Michigan was given statehood and the upper peninsula. I think we (Michiganders) won in the long run.

skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 8:16 am

Nagorno-Karabakh is a self-proclaimed independent state that is landlocked and surrounded by Azerbaijan. The region is predominantly Christian and ethnically Armenian in stark contrast to the encompassing areas that are mainly Muslim and Azerbaijani. Neighboring Armenia helped Karabakh to attain virtual independence during a brutal war between the two nations in the '90s. A cease fire negotiated by the Russian Federation in 1994 has resulted in a tense peace up until this point. Russia, France, and the United States have all called for restraint.

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skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 8:16 am

It is still unclear what promoted the fighting. The Armenian Defense Ministry maintains Azerbaijan started it when they used aircraft, tanks, and artillery to attempt to make inroads into the contested region. However, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry alleges that they merely responded to Armenian mortar fire over the front lines. Karabakh says that more than 200 Azerbaijani troops were killed in the fighting this weekend and Azerbaijan claims that up to 100 Armenian forces were killed, though neither claim is substantiated.

skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 8:35 am

More importantly, do you think Donald Trump knows what Azerbaijan is?

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
04/03/16 9:02 am

Never underestimate the role of Russia in this region. I don't think they'd allow it to get too out of hand.

I've been to Azerbaijan while I was in region. Thanks for sharing this. I think it's very interesting.

skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 4:30 pm

Yeah, Russia certainly isn't too happy about this escalation. What brought you to Azerbaijan?

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
04/03/16 5:00 pm

We were doing a summer on the Central Asian part of the Silk Road. We started in Turkey... Worked out way over into Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and then China.

skinner Jersey City
04/03/16 5:09 pm

That's so cool!! Was this for a college class?

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
04/03/16 8:05 pm

No... it was a family trip, I'm in HS. We always wanted to do the Silk Road. Sadly we had to skip a few countries due to safety reasons.