Armenia and Azerbaijan: BBC Arabic talks to fight Syria on the line of fire between the two countries


  • Muhammad Ibrahim
  • BBC – London

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Armenian soldiers head to the battlefronts in Nagorno-Karabakh

“I didn’t know we were going to fight” With these words Abdullah (a pseudonym at his request) opened his conversation with me on a chat app.

The chat was not straightforward, as he was sending his answers in a hurry when he was staying in a military gathering of the Azerbaijani army, so that none of the leaders there would see him and he would get a deterrent punishment from them.

This gathering is located on the border with Armenia, and strict control was imposed on the fighters residing in it, especially in light of the current war in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which was disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia centuries ago.

During the Soviet rule, Nagorno Karabakh was inhabited by citizens of Armenian origin, as an autonomous region inside Azerbaijan, but with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the inhabitants of this region sought to unite with Armenia, which led to the outbreak of conflict in the 1990s that led This resulted in the killing of 30 thousand people, and ended with the signing of a ceasefire agreement, making the region a focal point of conflict between the two sides that renewed from time to time and left dead and wounded between the two parties, especially in 2016 when some clashes resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people.

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